‘Fast 9′ and Other Movies Delayed Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Fast and Furious 9. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

The coronavirus outbreak continues to send shock waves through Hollywood.

The Universal Pictures film Fast & Furious 9 also known to fans as Fast 9 is being delayed amid concerns about the illness. The action saga had originally been scheduled to hit theaters over the Memorial Day weekend, but is now being moved to April 2021, the studio announced Thursday on the official Fast & Furious Twitter account.

Fast 9 is one of several films to have its release date pushed because of the global crisis.

The Lovebirds, a romantic comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, was delayed Thursday by Paramount Pictures. The film had initially been set to arrive on April 3. No new release date was  announced.

The rom-com was supposed to premiere at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, which has been canceled amid the deadly outbreak.

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Also affected, Paramount Pictures horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II, which was supposed to open this month. The studio said it will announce a new release date “once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.”

Disney also announced it’s shifting Mulan out of its March 27 release date; New Mutants is moving from its April 3 slot, and Antlers will no longer be released on April 17. The studio will select new release dates for the three films later this year.

Last week the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, was moved from April to November.

These sudden scheduling changes cost the studios millions of dollars in lost marketing money.