‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Release Delayed to 2022
Paramount has delayed the release of the long-awaited Top Gun: Maverick. The sequel was set to arrive in Cinemas this November, but the film now release on May 27, 2022, Memorial Day Weekend in the US. Paramount has also moved Mission Impossible 7’s release back 4 months to September 30, 2022.
The delay of the Tom Cruise-led films arrives amid growing concerns of a rise in COVID-19 cases, associated with the Delta variant. These are big franchise films that hope to make a huge box office run, their profits are jeopardised by the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. Mission: Impossible: Fallout brought in a franchise-record $791.7 Million at the global Box Office.
A variety of clips from the films were shown at CinemaCon last week. Mission Impossible 7 & 8 are currently filming back-to-back, with production recently taking place in England.
— Top Gun (@TopGunMovie) December 16, 2019
It’s also understood that Jackass Forever will now debut on February 4, 2022, instead of this October. A few weeks back, Paramount also pulled Clifford The Big Red Dog from the release schedule and will soon reveal a new release date.
According to Deadline, after Paramount consulted with experts, they decided to delay the films given the current conditions of COVID around the world. Cinema attendance is expected to improve significantly next year, to allow for bigger box office openings.
All eyes are on the release of No Time To Die in late September, as a highly-anticipated blockbuster and Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond. It is hoped that the film will reignite the Box Office to pre-pandemic levels.