It looks like the biggest movie villain this year is going to be none other than the Coronavirus. We’ve already talked about how the pandemic has prompted the postponement of Wondercon and the temporary closure of Disneyland in California (Orlando’s Disney World is still open), and now we are seeing that it is continuing to effect the release dates of movies.
Last week, both Peter Rabbit 2 and James Bond’s Die Another Day were both being delayed due to virus concerns. Today we are learning that those same concerns are hitting the two highly anticipated films, A Quiet Place 2 and Fast and Furious 9.
Here are the statements from John Krasinski and the studio on A Quiet Place 2:
“After much consideration, and in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings, Paramount Pictures will be moving the worldwide release of A Quiet Place Part II. We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.”
Here is the statement on Fast 9, which has been delayed by a whole year.
To our family of Fast fans everywhere,
We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga.
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.
We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2. 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.
Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together. We’ll see you next spring.
Your Fast Family