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Coronavirus pandemic stalls Issa Rae’s ‘The Lovebirds,’ ‘Fast and Furious 9’ and ‘A Quiet Place’


©2020 Paramount Pictures. All Right Reserved.Hollywood continues to move its big projects due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

ABC Audio has confirmed that Paramount Pictures has yanked two of its highly anticipated films: A Quiet Place Part II, and the romantic comedy The Lovebirds, starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani.  In addition, Universal has bumped the ninth Fast & Furious film.

As previously reported, Sony Pictures and MGM bumped their latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, from April to November, and just announced its sequel Peter Rabbit 2 was also being bumped from April to August.

Even a media screening of A Quiet Place, which was scheduled for Monday in New York City, was shelved by the studio. A message from the studio notes the release date decision was made “after much consideration, and in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings.”

Paramount Pictures continued, “We look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.”

For its part, Universal addressed its “family” of Fast 9 fans, saying, “We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga. That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film…” has posted a running list of concerts and other events that have also been cancelled or postponed.

Globally, there are more than 126,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 4,630 deaths reported. In the U.S., there are at least 1,300 confirmed cases with 38 coronavirus-related deaths.  

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