Paramount Pictures has delayed several major blockbusters and sequels. Although a highly anticipated relaunch of the franchise will come a little earlier than expected. Tom Cruise fans will have to wait longer for both of them to begin with Mission: Impossible 7 and Top Gun: Maverick. Both sequels were rejected by the studio as Paramount tries to reassert things in anticipation of better box office prospects on the horizon.
Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to Tom Cruise’s’ 80s classic, is now dated November 19, 2021. It was previously scheduled for July 2, just in time for July 4. The news comes shortly after it was revealed that Disney will release Black widow July 9. It’s unclear if Paramount’s decision had anything to do with staying out of Marvel’s way.
As for Mission: Impossible 7, which reunites Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie, will arrive on May 27, 2022. It had previously occupied the date it now holds. Top Gun: Maverick. Both films have already been delayed multiple times as a result of theatrical closures that hit the industry in 2020.
As a result, the already announced Mission: Impossible 8 has also been delayed. It moves from November 4, 2022 to July 7, 2023. Jackass 4, the long-planned sequel to the comedy franchise, is also on the decline. It moves one month from September of this year to October 22. Dungeons and Dragons, the long-planned film based on the enduring game of the same name, has also been delayed. It was delayed for a full ten months until March 3, 2023. The good news is that Snake Eyes, the next G.I. Joe spin-off will arrive earlier than expected, now dated July 23, 2021. Movie stars Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) in the lead role.
Several other Paramount releases have received release dates. A Bee Gees biopic is slated to hit theaters on November 4, 2022. Elsewhere, The Shrink of Treehorn has received a release date of November 10, 2023, while an untitled comedy that has both Ryan Reynolds (dead Pool) and John Krasinski (A peaceful place) scheduled to star, will arrive on November 17, 2023. Details on that particular project, barring the release date, remain scant.
Paramount, like all other Hollywood studios, seems to be encouraged by what they’ve seen at the box office lately, particularly from Godzilla vs. Kong. After a year in which ticket sales plummeted, things seem to be getting back to normal, albeit slowly. As such, studios have begun consolidating slates in the hopes that some of these overdue titles might see the light of day.
For Paramount, it will be a different world. New movies like Mission: Impossible 7 and A Quiet Place: Part II It will debut on the Paramount + streaming service just 45 days after hitting theaters. While theaters will remain a big part of the equation, the lasting effect of 2020 is that streaming has become dominant and exclusive theater windows will shrink. This news comes to us through The Hollywood Reporter.
Topics: Mission: Impossible 7, Top Gun 2, Jackass 4