Universal Pictures changed the release date for “Fast & Furious 9,” which at this point still doesn’t have an official title. The movie was expected to release on April 10, 2020, but the new release date is May 22, 2020. The new release date is bad news for Warner Bros. Pictures, which has “Godzilla vs. Kong” opening on the same weekend. Paramount Pictures is also releasing the next “SpongeBob Movie” that same weekend, but the animated-comedy doesn’t exactly share the same demographic as “Godzilla” and “Fast & Furious” and should be just fine.
The next “Fast & Furious” installment is being directed by Justin Lin, who has also signed on to direct the tenth installment. While most of the cast will remain the same, longtime fans of the franchise should be excited to see Jordan Brewster returning to the screen to reprise her role of Mia Toretto in the film. The previous film in the franchise, “Fate of the Furious,” released in 2017 and was directed by F. Gary Gray. That film made $98M over its opening weekend and went on to make over $1.2B worldwide. The franchise has made over $5B for Universal Pictures since the first film hit theaters in 2009.
Fans will have to wait a little longer to see “Fast & Furious 9” but the next installment, “Hobbs & Shaw,” is releasing this August. That film is from David Leitch and stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.
As for the Godzilla and Kong films, they have also become a successful franchise. Gareth Edwards directed “Godzilla” back in 2014, a film that made $512M worldwide, and Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed “Kong: Skull Island” in 2017, a film that made $566M. It’s unclear if Warner Bros. Pictures will move “Godzilla vs. Kong” away from the next “Fast & Furious” installment, but right now the two franchise will be going head-to-head at the box office.
The next Gozilla installment scheduled for release is “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” from director Michael Dougherty. That film will feature Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi, Sally Hawkins, Bradley Whitford, Charles Dance, and O’Shea Jackson. Fans of the monster can catch him in theaters on May 31, 2019.