The final movie in the Fast & Furious franchise has been delayed, but fans need not fret. The new release date has only been backed up by one month, thankfully.
On Tuesday afternoon, Variety reported Universal Pictures‘ decision to move the Fast & Furious 10 release date. The popular film series has a diehard fanbase, and they won’t be receptive to the delay. However, it should soften the blow since it’s only a six-week delay… for now.
Universal originally scheduled the 10th installment of the series to release on April 7, 2023. Fast & Furious 10 is now set for a May 19, 2023 release, which now puts the film in the middle of the summer blockbuster season.
The popular film series has become one of Universal’s most valuable and consistent franchises since it debuted 20 years ago. Of course, series lead Vin Diesel will reprise his beloved role as Dominic “Dom” Toretto. Additionally, actors Sung Kang, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris and other longtime members of the cast will return. Director Justin Lin who was in charge of the ninth movie and other installments in the franchise will be back once again as well.
The most recent movie in the film series came out in theaters this past summer in June 2021. F9, also known as F9: The Fast Saga or Fast & Furious 9, grossed $726 million worldwide. As huge of a box office hit as it may have been, those numbers are still less than previous movies in the franchise. The Covid-19 pandemic impacted sales across the globe, but the franchise is banking on increased box office sales during summer 2023.
‘Fast & Furious’ Star Vin Diesel Begs Dwayne Johnson to Return for Finale
Just last month, Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel posted a message to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson asking him to return for the 10th and final film of the franchise. The actor implored Johnson to put their five-year feud behind them for the sake of the series and the fans.
Earlier this summer, Johnson confirmed he would not return to his role as Luke Hobbs. Many blamed Diesel and Johnson’s longtime feud, but The Rock simply said he was focusing on other projects. Their public disagreement began in 2016 with a veiled social media post from Johnson saying he had “zero tolerance for candy asses.” The two men allegedly didn’t get along on the set of the movies. However, their long feud supposedly came to an end though in recent months, and that’s why Vin Diesel reached out to Johnson about rejoining the franchise one last time.
“My little brother Dwayne… the time has come,” Vin Diesel wrote in his Instagram post. “The world awaits the finale of Fast 10. As you know, my children refer to you as Uncle Dwayne in my house. There is not a holiday that goes by that they and you don’t send well wishes…but the time has come. Legacy awaits.”
“I told you years ago that I was going to fulfill my promise to Pablo. And I swore that we would reach and manifest the best Fast in the finale that is 10! I say this out of love… but you must show up, do not leave the franchise idle you have a very important role to play. Hobbs can’t be played by no other. I hope that you rise to the occasion and fulfill your destiny,” he concluded his post.