As Bond Vacates 2020, Universal Offers Theaters Short Windows on ‘The Croods’ and ‘Freaky’

Adding to the Friday-afternoon dump of movie delays, Universal announced that “F9,” the latest entry in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, will move from April 2 to May 28, 2021.

That means it will no longer compete with James Bond film “No Time to Die,” which, as of October 2, MGM also moved to April 2, 2021.These shifts leave theaters in a new-product desert.

They also put Universal in a strong position to make its first short-window arrangement under the deal it made with AMC Theaters this summer.

IndieWire has confirmed that “Freaky” (November 13) and “The Croods: A New Age” (November 25) will go quickly to PVOD: 21 days for “Freaky” (December 4) and 28 days for “The Croods” (December 23).

Universal is also offering the titles to other theaters, with the same terms.AMC, which is struggling under cash shortages and a junk-bond rating, agreed to the studio’s option under their deal: Universal can offer titles to other

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