Bad news for Fast & Furious fans: Fast & Furious 9 has been delayed again.
In a statement released on Monday (May 17), the movie’s distributor UIP said, “In view of the latest Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) restrictions implemented by the Singapore government, the release of Fast & Furious 9 has been postponed to June 24 2021 in Singapore. This will now be in line with the film’s US and worldwide release, including most of Asia.”
The Justin Lin-helmed sequel was originally slated to open here on May 26, with sneaks this weekend. Advance ticket sales went on last Wednesday.
“Early figures for the Fast & Furious 9 advance sales were extremely promising, demonstrating strong demand for the biggest cinematic event of the year,” UIP’s Managing Director Flora Goh tells 8days.sg via Whatsapp.
For information regarding refunds, please visit the websites and social media platforms of the respective exhibitors.
Fast & Furious 9 was supposed to debut in Apr 2020 but like every other Hollywood blockbuster, its debut was affected the COVID-19 pandemic. The studio first moved its US release to Apr 2, 2021, then May 28, 2021, and finally June 25, 2021 — three days after the original movie’s release 20 years ago (what?!).
From Sunday (May 16) to June 13, Singapore is placed under Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) restrictions after a recent spike in COVID-19 community cases. During this period, cinemas can only accommodate up to 100 people (with Pre-Event Testing or PET), or 50 (without PET); with safe-distancing between groups of up to 2 people. No food or drinks are allowed.
The other Hollywood titles scheduled to hit cinemas in the coming weeks include Cruella (May 27), The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June 3), A Quiet Place Part II (June 10), Spirit Untamed (June 10), In the Heights (June 17) and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (June 17). Will they blink and move as well?