All sides of the globe are being affected by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic that has seemingly made our frontyards its home since late 2019. Since then, we’ve seen many, many people fall ill, temporarily and permanent shutdowns of many businesses, and a lot of film releases pushed back. With the latest strain of the virus, the dreaded Delta variant, currently causing havoc in many territories studios have no choice but to delay many of those same releases again -sometimes for a fifth or sixth time.
Today, the gutting news that Paramount’s “Top Gun : Maverick”, originally scheduled for release summer 2020, has been delayed for what’s literally the fifth or sixth time. The film was originally scheduled to open in November- finally! – but the studio made the decision today, what with the virus not going away anytime soon, to postpone the film to 2022. The Tom Cruise starrer will now open May 27, 2022 -Memorial Day weekend in the U.S.
The studio has also re-dated another Cruise sequel, “Mission: Impossible 7” from May 27, 2022 to September 30, 2022
Paramount has also shifted “Jackass Forever” from October 22 to February 4, 2022.
Meantime, Sony Pictures Releasing has shifted the release date of “Ghostbusters : Afterlife” in both the U.S and Australia.
In the U.S, the Jason Reitman-directed blockbuster moves up to November 19, taking the spot “Maverick” just vacated. Unfortunately, the movie – originally skedded for December 2 locally – will now open January 1 in Australia.
Australia is copping it pretty bad, as far as these film delays go. In addition to “Ghostbusters”, superhero jaunt “Venom : Let There Be Carnage” is shifting from October 15 to November 22.
Meantime, Warner Bros Australia has shifted the release date of “The Matrix Resurrections” from December – when it opens stateside – to Jan 1, 2022.
Likely, there’ll be more announcements to come… sorry to say!