“F9” was originally scheduled to hit theaters on May 22, 2020 but was pushed to April 2, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Then last fall, the film was pushed again to May 28, 2021.
The “Minions” sequel was also originally meant to open in the summer of 2020 but had been pushed back a year. It now takes the place of another untitled animated Illumination movie on the studio’s schedule.
It’s the latest bit of studio release juggling as Hollywood weighs how quickly and how widely movie theaters can reopen as Covid vaccinations ramp up. Many studios must weigh whether it’s economically wise to release pricey tentpole films like “F9” when many theaters remain shuttered or at limited capacity.