13 Mar – Following yesterday's announcement that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is now classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO)), a couple more big movies have decided to postpone their releases in cinemas.
First there's Vin Diesel's "Fast and Furious 9", which also goes by "Fast and Furious 9: The Saga" or "Fast 9" in some territories, which have been delayed almost a whole year. Instead of opening this May, it will only hit cinemas in April 2021 instead.
Currently, only North America has received a confirmed new date, 2 April 2021.
"We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga," said Vin Diesel, as quoted on Variety. ""That's why it's especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It's become clear that it won't be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May."
"While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration."