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Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 are delayed again due to COVID concerns

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Paramount is delaying the remainder of its 2021 movie slate, shifting Top Gun: Maverick from its Thanksgiving weekend launch date to Could twenty seventh, 2022, shut to three years after it was first announced. It’s additionally shifting Jackass Endlessly to launch on February 4th, 2022, as an alternative of the initially deliberate October twenty second, 2021, via Deadline.

Moreover, due to Top Gun: Maverick taking its former Could 2022 slot, Mission: Impossible 7 is getting one other delay: it’ll now be out on September thirtieth, 2022.

The delays are due to concerns over the spike in COVID-19 circumstances attributable to the delta variant of the virus. Deadline notes that Paramount, quite than threat releasing potential billion-dollar franchise starters just like the Top Gun sequel seeing comparatively lackluster pandemic field workplace numbers, would quite simply kick every part down the road in hopes that issues will proceed to enhance in 2022. It’s for the same cause that Paramount isn’t simply shifting the movies to its Paramount Plus streaming service — there’s merely an excessive amount of cash at stake right here.

The information comes after Paramount had beforehand moved its live-action Clifford the Big Red Dog film off of its September seventeenth launch date over related COVID-19 delays. The studio has but to announce a brand new date for the film.

Regardless of Paramount’s transfer, there are nonetheless a number of main movies set to hit theaters within the coming months (at the very least, for now). Disney nonetheless has Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings set to carry the MCU again to theatrical exclusivity on September third, adopted by Eternals on November fifth. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is slated for October 18th (though there have been rumors of Sony contemplating a delay), Ghostbuster: Afterlife on November nineteenth (as Sony moves to take Top Gun’s vacated spot) and Spider-Man: No Approach Dwelling set for December. There’s additionally the long-delayed James Bond movie, No Time To Die, which was one of many first movies to be impacted by COVID-19 delays. It’s set to lastly hit theaters within the US on October eighth.

Lastly, Warner Bros. nonetheless has a few of its greatest tent poles on the calendar for the top of 2021: Dune (on October twenty second) and The Matrix: Resurrections (on December twenty second.) Not like the beforehand talked about movies, although, these films received’t be theatrical exclusives. Thanks to WarnerMedia’s distinctive 2021 launch technique, they’ll even be out there on HBO Max the identical day that they debut in theaters.

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