With the recent announcement that all adults in the U.S. are expected to receive the Covid vaccine by the end of May, it is unclear if movie studios should bank on that milestone as the catalyst for a major return to theatres. The next installment in the Fast & Furious series, F9, was originally scheduled to hit theatres right at the end of May but Universal has decided to delay it by a month to give people a little more time to warm up to the idea. Given the fact that it is such a global franchise, it is probably not just U.S. theatres that they are looking at. Meanwhile, Paramount decided to pounce on the change and slot their own upcoming movie A Quiet Place Part II into that vacated release date. Hit the jump for more details.
F9 was originally slated to arrive on the Memorial Day weekend but has now been pushed to June 25th. Universal also announced a bigger delay for Minions: The Rise of Gru, which is moving back a full year from July 2, 2021 to July 1, 2022. Jumping on the opportunity, A Quiet Place Part II has moved up from its Sept. 17th release date to take over that Memorial Day weekend with a May 28th date. Paramount’s Mark Wahlberg sci-fi film Infinite was originally scheduled for the same weekend but is now getting bumped back to September as a result.
A Quiet Place Part II was previously announced to be coming to Paramount+ just 45 days after it hits theatres, which would put it on the streaming service by mid-July. That is no doubt one of the reasons why they are willing to take a bit of a risk and be one of the first major releases back in theatres. The movie had also been promoted well prior to the pandemic. What this means for some of the other studio films scheduled for May remains to be seen. We can probably expect some announcements regarding Black Widow, Free Guy and Spiral in the coming days. Will you be ready to go back to a movie theatre by the end of May?