The release of F9, the latest movie in the Fast and Furious franchise, has reportedly been pushed back to May 2021. Blame the postponement of the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, which will now launch on F9‘s previous release date of April 2, 2021. It seems you can’t have these two big-budget blockbusters face off against each other on the same weekend.
This marks the second time both films’ dates have been moved. Credit the coronavirus pandemic, as the deadly disease made the two movies’ summer 2020 release dates all but impossible. To work around the virus, No Time to Die‘s premiere was moved to November, however, the continued threat of COVID-19 forced the studio to push the movie—a second time—to April 2, 2021. In response, F9 will seemingly push its opening day back in order to ensure it’s not competing with the 25th Bond flick for ticket sales.
Of course, there’s always the chance both movies are pushed back a third time. With millions of Americans having contracted the virus (more than 200,000 of which have died), relatively limited testing, and minimal contact tracing, the United States may not be in a position to cram individuals into theaters by April or May of 2021. That said, we hope this is not the case and the country can return to some semblance of normalcy by the time these two movies are due to hit the big screen.