Paramount has pushed back the releases of several of its upcoming films as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.
“Jackass Forever” (originally scheduled for October 22, 2021) will now debut February 4, 2022, “Top Gun: Maverick” (November 19, 2021) will now debut May 27, 2022, and ‘Mission: Impossible 7 “(27 May 2022) will hit theaters on September 30, 2022, by variety.
Tom Cruise, a strong advocate of COVD-protected film productions, stars in both “Top Gun: Maverick,” a sequel to the 1986 hit, and “Mission: Impossible 7,” a continuation of his popular spy franchise and action thriller.
Both films have experienced a number of release delays since the end of the pandemic, as theaters have been closed, had limited audiences, or failed to attract pre-pandemic audiences on which the expensive films matter so strongly.
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“Jackass Forever,” starring Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O as regulars in the shock comedy franchise, has seen several full-fledged delays.
Paramount’s move is the most important one made by a studio or distributor in recent months, with others like MGM (“Respect”) and Disney (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”) stuck with their summer release dates despite a lack of decline in coronavirus cases in the United States.
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The reshuffle is also another blow to movie theater owners, who relied on Cruise footage to re-energize the box office, which has been – for the most part – boring for over a year.
However, there are still several more big titles coming this year that could help the rebound office bounce back, unless their studios follow in Paramount’s footsteps and pull them off the 2021 release schedule.
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Films with the promise of financial success for theaters include “Dear Evan Hansen” (September 24), “No Time to Die” (October 8), “Eternals” (November 5), “West Side Story “(December 10) and more.
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