Universal Pictures is doing some changes to the release calendar. As reported by Variety, the upcoming tenth installment of the Fast & Furious saga was moved from April 7, 2023, to May 19, 2023.
The latest installment of the franchise, F9, was released last June (after being previously delayed twice due to the pandemic). The movie grossed $726 million, which makes it the second-highest-grossing American movie of the pandemic era. Only No Time To Die grossed more ($771 million).
Universal Pictures announced last year that Justin Lin will return to direct Fast & Furious 10 and Fast & Furious 11, which is set to be the finale of the main franchise. Both movies will be filmed back-to-back, and the production is set to begin in early 2022. Fast & Furious 10 is now set to open in May 2023, and the final, eleventh movie, will be released a year after.
F9 received mixed reviews. While Lin’s direction and stunts were praised, action sequences, script, and 143-minute runtime were criticized. Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron reprised their respective roles from the previous movies in the franchise, and John Cena joined the franchise as Jakob Toretto, brother of Vin Diesel’s character.
The franchise kicked off with The Fast and the Furious in 2001. While the main movie series is set to conclude with the 11th installment in 2024, that won’t be the end of the whole franchise. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are set to eventually make the sequel to Hobbs & Shaw spin-off, and Vin Diesel also announced that a female-centric spin-off is also in early development.