‘Top Gun: Maverick’ And ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ Have Been Delayed Once Again

Paramount is delaying the release of ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ and ‘Mission: Impossible 7‘ once again, much to the disappointment of Tom Cruise fans around the world.

Top Gun was supposed to hit theaters on November 19, 2021, but it’s now been pushed back to May 27, 2022, which honestly makes more sense. Top Gun just feels more like a summer movie than a Thanksgiving flick.

Meanwhile, the latest Mission: Impossible won’t hit theaters until September 30, 2022. It was supposed to be released in May of 2022. These two films have been delayed several times. The studio knows they could have a huge box office haul for both, so they’re being extra careful with the release.

Thanks to the Delta variant, they now believe the best time for a major release will be in 2022. It’s a huge blow to cinemas, who thought they’d be somewhat back to normal by now.

Additionally, the studio also pushed back the release of Jackass Forever. It was scheduled to be released inside theaters on October 22, 2021, but it’s now been pushed back to February 4, 2022.

The latest release date shuffle, marking the first domino to fall in late 2021, comes as the country’s COVID-19 cases remain stubbornly persistent. That has resulted in a significant decline in consumer confidence in returning to the movies. According to research conducted by NRG, 67% of moviegoers say they are ‘very or somewhat comfortable’ visiting their local theater, which is down 11 points from July.

All we can do at this point is hope this is the last major wave. It’s hard to imagine another surge, because you’d think that most everyone would either be vaccinated or infected.

But at this point, no one knows. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come for the winter box office.

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Has Been Delayed Once Again…Thanks COVID-19!

When will we finally be able to stop worrying about COVID-19? We have no idea. It could be months, years, or hell even decades at this point.

In the past few weeks, the Delta variant has been spreading across the country, hitting unvaccinated people especially hard. Hospitals are overflowing in several states and some people are once again afraid to hit up their local movie theater.

This has damaged the box office the past two weeks, which has led to Sony Pictures making a big decision regarding the release of Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

The upcoming comic book adventure was supposed to be released September 24, but now it’s been pushed back to October 15. So it’s not a huge delay, but it’s still a delay.

I suppose the studio is hoping this Delta variant will be declining by October, which could be the case. It’s so contagious that it’s possible the peak hits in mid-September.

Andy Serkis is directing ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage.’ The first film, 2018’s ‘Venom,’ was a surprise box office smash, generating $855 million at the global box office. The sequel will star Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Reid Scott and Naomie Harris.

I’m assuming the budget for this film was pretty high, so the studio doesn’t want this to flop.

Don’t be surprised if they delay it again if the Delta variant is still spreading come October.

‘The Batman’ Forced To Pause Production Once Again After Crew Member Tests Positive For COVID-19

Production on ‘The Batman‘ just started back up a week or two ago, and now they’re already being forced to take another pause.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. revealed a crew member tested positive for COVID-19…

A member of ‘The Batman’ production has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.

No word on how long that pause will be. It’ll likely be at least a week or two though. I’m sure they want to make sure no other crew members have it before returning to set. The incubation period is up to two weeks.

Hopefully this is just an isolated incident and production can resume. One has to wonder how the crew member got the virus. You’d think everyone on set would be under strict guidelines. I mean, I doubt they can just go out on the town after work.

According to insiders, the movie still has around three months of material to shoot, and the plan is to be finished by the end of the year.

It’s currently scheduled to be released on October 1, 2021.

Several Huge Films Just Got Pushed Back, Including Star Wars, Avatar And Mulan

The chaos surrounding the film industry continues as the coronavirus continues to surge across the country.

Many people had hoped that theaters would be reopen by now, but unfortunately it’s looking like they won’t reopen until September or October, which means more films are getting delayed.

Additionally, several films that were in production are still shutdown. This all equals to more delays.

Disney announced some major changes to their release calendar.

James Cameron’s long-delayed sequels to Avatar will now premiere every other December starting in 2022 as follows: ‘Avatar 2’ (Dec. 16, 2022), ‘Avatar 3’ (Dec. 20, 2024), ‘Avatar 4’ (Dec. 18, 2026) and ‘Avatar 5’ (Dec. 22, 2028). The second ‘Avatar’ installment, which was originally aiming to open in 2014, will debut 13 years after the first film.

Pretty damn crazy, right? By 2028, will anyone care about Avatar? I mean, does anyone really care about it now? IT’S BEEN SO LONG! Avatar 2 is going to have to blow people away with its brilliance. If it fails, I highly doubt there will be some fifth film in 2028.

In addition to the Avatar delay, Star Wars is also being pushed back one year. We don’t know what these films will be about, or which character they’ll follow, but we do know the first part of the trio won’t premiere until December 2023. It was originally scheduled for 2022.

And finally, Mulan has also been delayed. It was scheduled to hit theaters next month, but obviously that won’t be happening. A new release date has not been set, but we will keep you posted.

The good news? There are still some films scheduled to be released this winter, including West Side Story (Dec 18), Black Widow (Nov. 6), Free Guy (Dec. 11) and Pixar’s Soul on Nov. 20.