By Frank Pallotta, CNN Business Richa Naik, Natalia Osipova, Gabe Ramirez, Moss Cohen Updated 1137 GMT (1937 HKT) December 28, 2020 Delaying a Fast & Furious movie is no easy feat. For starters, it involves finding a new release date for a film with a $250 million production budget. And in the case of Fast & Furious, one of Universal Picture’s most valuable franchises, there’s also the risk of letting down legions of ardent fans who live and die by the high-octane exploits of Dominic Toretto and his “family” of racers. But as soon as the coronavirus pandemic began to upend life worldwide, Universal wasted no time pushing the May 2020 release of “F9” — the ninth installment in the series — to 2021. For Donna Langley, chairwoman of Universal’s filmed entertainment group, the decision was unpopular — even within her own studio. “[Theaters] were quite upset with us because they thought that we were overreacting. Even people inside the company thought that we were a little crazy for doing it,” Langley told CNN Business earlier this month. “But we just felt that it was better to sort of plan for the worst and hope for the best.” “Of course,… Read full this story
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