This fall’s film slate gets confused … again. More than a year after mass closures in cinemas effectively wiped out major releases, two blockbusters are being pushed back again: tom Cruise action tent poles Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 has been postponed in the middle of the Delta variation, Deadline reported on Wednesday.
Top Gun: Maverick, originally scheduled for December 2020, has been moved to May 27, 2022 after originally hitting to November 19, 2021. Mission: Impossible 7 has also been bumped from its Memorial Day weekend 2022 spot to September 30, 2022. These shifts come after both films were shown at CinemaCon in Las Vegas just a few days ago. Some may remember that production MI5 was delayed in June when at least one production member tested positive for COVID-19, Cruise’s viral on-set tirade was condemned.
This is not the only new release plan. In addition to stopping their cruise titles, Paramount Studios announced it Jackass Forever will bend on February 4, 2022 instead of October 22, 2021. In the meantime, will Ghostbusters: The Afterlife will debut in Top Gun‘s November 19 slot instead of November 11, Sony announced moments after the movie moved.
Provided these new dates remain set, both Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 going into a crowded summer on the multiplex. Hollywood hopes the filming public will return in larger flocks next year, with more films already fighting for audiences. In the weeks around Top Gunnew date, Thor: Love and thunder debuts May 6; Jurassic World: Dominion drops June 10; and John Wick: Chapter 4 bends itself the same day on May 27th MI5, it is sandwiched between Super Mario Bros. on September 16 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse succeeding on 7 October.
As Delta cases increase, moviegoers should expect more changes. There have already been long-distance delays for e.g. No time to die and Dune, both of which could still be moved from their currently planned October slots. Rumors have also swirled that Sony Venom: Let There Be Carnage may move from its October 15 release date – one of many films considering a change.
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