It makes sense that Universal would give “F9” — the latest installment in the 20-year-old franchise — more runway since there’s a strong chance that vaccine distribution could surge by June.
As more people are vaccinated, there’s a likelihood that more theaters will not only open, but boost their capacities. New York City theaters can currently open at only 25% capacity. That’s a lot of empty seats for a billion dollar brand like “Fast & Furious.”
By pushing to June, Universal is also banking on “F9” being the first true blockbuster of the summer, the most lucrative season for the film industry.
“F9” is not the only film that Universal is delaying.
The studio also announced that it will postpone Illumination’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” the next animated film in the “Despicable Me” franchise. The film’s release will be pushed back an entire year to July 1, 2022.