Mission: Impossible 7 And Top Gun: Maverick Delayed Due To COVID
Tom Cruise's one-two punch of cinematic thrill rides has been pushed back yet again.
After an optimistic summer at the theater, movies are once again being shuffled one after another due to on-going concerns about the effects of COVID-19 on peoples ability or willingness to enter movie theaters. Tom Cruise's films Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 are the latest to be pushed back over these concerns (via Deadline).
Top Gun: Maverick moves from its Thanksgiving weekend release out to May 27, 2022, the slot previously occupied by Mission: Impossible 7. That movie, meanwhile, is moving to September 30, 2022. According to Deadline, these moves are specifically due to concerns about COVID-19 affecting box office numbers. Paramount previously delayed the films together back in April.
Even without Top Gun and Mission: Impossible, the fall still has a few big films on the way. Sony delayed Ghostbusters: Afterlife today, pushing it into Top Gun: Maverick's former spot on November 19, 2021. Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits theaters on September 3, and Spider-Man: No Way Home is still scheduled for December. The latest 007 film, No Time To Die, will hit theaters on October 8 unless it gets yet another delay between now and then.
Where's Warner Bros. in all of this? With their films hitting HBO Max day-and-date, their movies are likely to keep their release dates. Dune releases on October 22, and The Matrix: Resurrections his on December 22.
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