The release date for 9th installment in the Fast & Furious franchise has been pushed back by a year to the Easter weekend of 2020.
It’s previous release date was April 19, 2019, also an Easter weekend.
The last two movies in the multi-billion franchise, Furious 7 and Fate of the Furious, rank respectively as the second and third biggest openings for Easter weekend with $147.1 million and $98.8 million behind Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s $166M.
The Fast and Furious family has recently been dealing with some drama, with female lead Michelle Rodriguez reportedly threatening to leave the series if women aren’t given better parts.
Universal also moved its DreamWorks Animation sequel Trolls 2 forward to Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020. The first Trolls was a modest hit, making about $300 million worldwide.
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprise their roles as the eternal optimist Poppy and the curmudgeon Branch in Trolls 2. The musical star power behind Trolls is undeniable, which likely led to the green light for Trolls 2.
The movie’s plot reads: “Can’t stop the feeling as the colorful, wondrous Trolls return for TROLLS 2, the follow-up to 2016’s breakout global hit about how far you’ll go for happiness…and how far you’ll go to get it back. Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprise their roles as the eternal optimist Poppy and the curmudgeon Branch in the new musical comedy-adventure from the creators of Shrek.”