Fans eagerly awaiting the sequel to the 1986 classic “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise will have to wait even longer as he was among a host of other films delayed by Paramount.
The release dates of 10 Paramount projects have been moved. Three of them are the stars of Cruise, and a single movie’s release date has been brought forward.
“Top Gun: Maverick” has been pushed back to a November 19 release date from its previous July 2 date. The new date for this film takes the place of the release of “Mission: Impossible 7”, another action-packed film starring Cruise. “Mission: Impossible 7” has now been pushed back to May 27, 2022, Variety reports.
“Mission: Impossible 8” is also changed to July 7, 2023, from its previous date of November 4, 2022.
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“Snake Eyes,” a spin-off of “GI Joe” starring Henry Golding, was the only film to receive an earlier date. The release was increased by three months, from October 22 to July 23.
“Dungeons & Dragons,” which will star Chris Pine, “Bridgerton” alumni Regé-Jean Page and Hugh Grant, has been delayed for almost a year, from May 27, 2022 to March 3, 2023.
Paramount has also attached dates to four previously unplanned films. These include the upcoming “Star Trek” movie on June 9, 2023, a Bee Gees film (currently untitled) on November 4, 2022, and “The Shrinking of Treehorn” which will be released on November 10, 2023.
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An untitled movie starring Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski is slated for release on November 17, 2023. “Jackass” has also changed slightly, from September 3 to October 22.
The exit changes come as theaters across the country begin to reopen after being closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The film industry as a whole has been shaken since the global health crisis first erupted last March.
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This is not the first time Paramount has pushed back its slate due to the ongoing pandemic. “Top Gun: Maverick” was originally slated for release last year, but the company announced last July that it was moving to 2021. Only time will tell if those later dates will stick.
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