L.A.: As COVID-19 infections increase, Paramount Pictures has postponed the release of Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Mission: Impossible 7” until May and September, respectively.
The “Top Gun” sequel was supposed to hit cinemas on Nov. 19, just before Thanksgiving, to start off the holiday moviegoing season.
“Top Gun” will now open on May 27, the same weekend as “M:I 7.” “M:I 7” has to be pushed out until September 30, 2022.
Movie companies have changed their schedules repeatedly to predict when cinemas would reopen.
The coronavirus Delta variant thwarted a hoped-for return.
AMC Entertainment, Cineworld Plc, and Cinemark Holdings are banking on blockbusters like “Top Gun” to re-engage viewers. The movie to 1986’s smash blockbuster featuring Cruise as an elite US Navy jet pilot.
A “wise approach,” according to Exhibitor Relations Co. senior media analyst Jeff Bock.
“Paramount wants a worldwide smash hit. The global marketplace isn’t ready “Bock tweeted.
Big-budget films are hoping to hold onto their 2021 schedules. “No Time to Die” is presently scheduled for release on October 8, and MGM has confirmed that date.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is due out in December, while Venom: Let There Be Carnage is due out in October.