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It’s going to be a while before Tom Cruise fans can check out the daring actor’s next potential blockbusters.

Deadline has learned that Paramount is pushing Top Gun: Maverick to May 27, 2022 and Mission: Impossible 7 to Sept. 30, 2022. Top Gun: Maverick was supposed to release on November 19, 2021, a week before the Thanksgiving holiday, while Mission: Impossible 7 was supposed to release on the Memorial Day weekend date that Top Gun: Maverick now occupies.

Paramount made the decision to delay both Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 due to the current conditions of COVID and its Delta variant. Experts seem to believe that theater attendance will return to some semblance of normalcy next year.

While Mission: Impossible 7 should be interesting thanks to the franchise’s tradition for death-defying stunts, Top Gun: Maverick seems to be getting a bit more hype due to the franchise’s decades-long absence. The 1983 classic was directed by Tony Scott, Ridley Scott’s brother, who died 2012. TRON: Legacy and Oblivion director
Joseph Kosinski is behind the new sequel that centers around a new team of younger pilots.

According to a recent interview with Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Cruise pushed for the return of Val Kilmer, who played fan-favorite Iceman in the original film. Kelly McGillis was not invited back as Maverick’s love interest, however. That emotional gap will seemingly be filled by Jennifer Connelly, who plays a new character named Penny Benjamin. Top Gun: Maverick will include veteran actor Ed Harris as a Rear Admiral serving as Maverick’s superior.

There was a rumor that Sony was moving Venom: Let There Be Carnage from its most recent Oct. 15 wedge between MGM/UAR’s No Time to Die on Oct. 8, and Warner Bros./HBO Max’s Dune on Oct. 22, to Top Gun: Maverick‘s pre-Thanksgiving spot. Alas, no, as the Culver City studio announced moments after Paramount’s news here that they were dating Ghostbusters: Afterlife on Nov. 19 following the pic’s rave reception at CinemaCon last week.

Source: Deadline

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22 Comments

  1. These movie studios are fooling themselves if they believe theater attendance will get back to pre-2020 level in the near future, even if the China Virus boogeyman disappears.

  2. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 40703, member: 180″]
    These movie studios are fooling themselves if they believe theater attendance will get back to pre-2020 level in the near future, even if the China Virus boogeyman disappears.
    [/QUOTE]

    Eh, I don’t know we would be at the Drive In two or three nights a month if the normal production schedule was going on.

  3. I’m less and less interested in these as time passes. Eventually I’ll just forget about them. Not that I wanted to go to a theater anyway, I had not been for years before covid.

  4. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 40703, member: 180″]
    These movie studios are fooling themselves if they believe theater attendance will get back to pre-2020 level in the near future
    [/QUOTE]
    That’s for d4mn sure.

    [QUOTE=”MadMummy76, post: 40723, member: 1298″]
    Not that I wanted to go to a theater anyway, I had not been for years before covid.
    [/QUOTE]
    Same. I just much prefer watching movies at home or friends’ houses. See my post here: [URL]https://forums.thefpsreview.com/threads/venom-let-there-be-carnage-is-being-delayed-to-2022-sources-claim.6566/post-40305[/URL]

  5. [QUOTE=”DrezKill, post: 40728, member: 230″]
    Same. I just much prefer watching movies at home or friends’ houses. See my post here: [URL]https://forums.thefpsreview.com/threads/venom-let-there-be-carnage-is-being-delayed-to-2022-sources-claim.6566/post-40305[/URL]
    [/QUOTE]
    I always thought people go to theaters because of fomo or dating and not because they actually like the experience.

  6. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 40735, member: 297″]
    Sorta interested in Top Gun… haven’t cared about MI for a long time.
    [/QUOTE]
    I didn’t care much for Ghost Protocol at all, but the series got really good with Rogue Nation, in my opinion. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Christopher McQuarrie’s writing work. McQuarrie wrote and directed both M:I7 and Top Gun: Maverick, in addition to Rogue Nation.

  7. [QUOTE=”MadMummy76, post: 40733, member: 1298″]
    I always thought people go to theaters because of fomo or dating and not because they actually like the experience.
    [/QUOTE]
    Not far from the mark.

    When I was a teenager it was almost exclusively dating. When I got older, but didn’t have my own home theater, it was for the big screen and “experience” – usually at the IMAX.

    Now, especially with my OLED and new sound setup and the capacity to stream 4K — they may have a bigger screen at the theater but it isn’t better any longer. And I can drink whatever beer I want, eat whatever I want, not listen to the other teenagers spooning in the back, and pause to go to the bathroom.

    I have no desire to ever go back to the theater

  8. I’m very much interested in both, but I don’t think I’ll see them in the movie theater. Then again, 14yo kids are very persuasive, so time will tell…

  9. [QUOTE=”Stoly, post: 40756, member: 1474″]
    Then again, 14yo kids are very persuasive, so time will tell…
    [/QUOTE]
    You will be an empty nester by the time these hit the theaters at this pace.

  10. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 40759, member: 96″]
    You will be an empty nester by the time these hit the theaters at this pace.
    [/QUOTE]
    For reals. And that is also a commentary on how fast they grow up. Can’t believe mine is in middle school already (well she is up a few grades since she is 9).

  11. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 40759, member: 96″]
    You will be an empty nester by the time these hit the theaters at this pace.
    [/QUOTE]
    And Tom Cruise will be retired.

  12. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 40769, member: 180″]
    And Tom Cruise will be retired.
    [/QUOTE]
    No Scientology will keep him around. Forever.

  13. [QUOTE=”Paul_Johnson, post: 40705, member: 2″]
    Eh, I don’t know we would be at the Drive In two or three nights a month if the normal production schedule was going on.
    [/QUOTE]
    They closed our last drive-in roughly 3 decades ago. Meanwhile, I still meet people that were conceived there. 🙂

  14. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 40770, member: 96″]
    No Scientology will keep him around. Forever.
    [/QUOTE]
    cue a South park follow up episode

  15. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 40770, member: 96″]
    No Scientology will keep him around. Forever.
    [/QUOTE]
    That’s more like it. 😀 :p

  16. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 40744, member: 180″]
    I didn’t care much for Ghost Protocol at all, but the series got really good with Rogue Nation, in my opinion. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Christopher McQuarrie’s writing work. McQuarrie wrote and directed both M:I7 and Top Gun: Maverick, in addition to Rogue Nation.
    [/QUOTE]

    The last one I saw was with the gecko gloves climbing the tower in Dubai or whatever. Don’t think I have seen one since.

  17. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 40771, member: 87″]
    They closed our last drive-in roughly 3 decades ago. Meanwhile, I still meet people that were conceived there. 🙂
    [/QUOTE]

    There is actually a drive in about an hour from us (Ennis). It was near death before the pandemic, I think doing $1 movies. But since Covid, their biz has skyrocketed. I wonder if we will see a resurgence of drive ins… it would be nice to see one using modern projector technology.

    [URL unfurl=”true”]http://www.galaxydriveintheatre.com/[/URL]

  18. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 40890, member: 297″]
    The last one I saw was with the gecko gloves climbing the tower in Dubai or whatever. Don’t think I have seen one since.
    [/QUOTE]
    That is Ghost Protocol, and I didn’t really like it all too much.

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