Paramount Pictures has pushed the release date for Tom Cruise film “Top Gun: Maverick” to November, the studio announced on Friday.
The move deprives theatres of what was expected to be one of the biggest releases of the summer blockbuster season, Reuters reported.
Instead of its original release in July, the sequel to the 1986 hit Top Gun will now debut in theatres on 19 November, the day Paramount had planned to release Cruise’s seventh Mission: Impossible film. That film was moved to May 2022, according to Paramount, a unit of ViacomCBS Inc.
Film theatre operators including AMC Entertainment, Cineworld Group Plc, and Cinemark Holdings Inc hope for a summer rebound after a year of closures due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The ninth instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise, from Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures, currently remains scheduled to hit cinemas on 25 June.
Walt Disney Co’s Marvel film Black Widow is set to be released in theatres, and for a fee on the Disney+ streaming service, on 9 July.