Entertainment Movies 'Fast and Furious' Sequel, 'F9' , Pushed Back by an Entire Year Over Coronavirus Concerns Universal announced its decision to push the release date of F9 from May 22 in the U.S. to April 2, 2021 By Nigel Smith Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is Senior News Editor, Movies at PEOPLE. He is an Entertainment Editor and Writer with more than 10 years of experience in the online and print industries as a journalist, storyteller, proofreader and manager. In 2017 Smith joined the PEOPLE editorial team in New York as News Editor, Movies. He has written feature stories and reviews including interviews with Ryan Reynolds, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Hudson and Russell Crowe. Prior, he served as News Editor at the Wrap in Los Angeles, and Entertainment Editor at the Guardian, also in LA, where he covered the red carpet at major awards shows including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Governors Awards, Grammy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. He also attended and reported on major film festivals at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, SXSW and Tribeca. Smith has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous morning and entertainment shows including Good Morning America, Today, NBC News, BBC News, Access Hollywood, NY1, PeopleTV and more. A native of Toronto, Canada, Smith graduated from Syracuse University in New York State with Master of Arts degree in Arts Journalism (Film). He is married and lives in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 12, 2020 12:50 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Fast and Furious fans will have to wait a lot longer to see the ninth movie in the hit action franchise amid coronavirus fears. On Thursday, a day after COVID-19 coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, Universal Pictures announced its decision to push the release date of F9 from May 22 in the U.S. to April 2, 2021. The film’s Twitter account released a statement on behalf of the Fast Family. “We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga,” it reads. “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,” it adds. Earlier on Thursday, John Krasinski announced his sequel A Quiet Place 2 is also being postponed in light of the virus. A Quiet Place 2 was set to open in U.S. theaters on March 18, and the movie already had its New York premiere last week. Krasinski did not announce a new release date for the film. John Krasinski Postpones Quiet Place 2 Until ‘We Can All See It Together’ amid Coronavirus Fears F9 is now the fourth major movie impacted by the rapidly growing coronavirus outbreak so far. The 25th James Bond movie No Time to Die, which marks Daniel Craig’s last turn as the secret agent, was postponed until November. It was originally set to open in theaters worldwide in late March and early April. Peter Rabbit 2 followed suit earlier this week when it postponed its release date from April until early August. The drastic moves come as other events where large groups of people will gather have been canceled or postponed. Most recently, the NBA decided to suspend the rest of its current season after a player on the Utah Jazz team tested positive. Festivals like SXSW Film Festival and Ultra music festival in Miami have also been canceled, while the Coachella Music Festival decided to postpone until October. There are 1,323 reported cases in the U.S., with 38 deaths. Worldwide, the virus has impacted over 127,000 people and caused 4,718 deaths.