The coronavirus pandemic blocks the “Highway to the Danger Zone” until Christmas – A Quiet Place Part 2, Minions and SpongeBob get new release dates.
We were waiting for news regarding the long-gestating and long-awaited sequel ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ after the postponement of almost all of the Summer blockbusters and were holding out hope that the film would be spared from the pandemic currently affecting the world and that we would at the very least have ONE summer tentpole release to look forward to seeing. Well, that idea has crashed and burned as we receive the news that the film has been postponed until this coming Christmas. The film that was due to open around the globe on June 24th will now fly into theatres on December 23rd instead.
The announcement means that almost the entire summer season has been wiped off the board following the decision to move the new ‘Minions‘ movie back until next July was announced yesterday. The only films that are listed for release over the coming season are ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run‘ which is now due to hit on 31st July and ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ which is slated to launch in August after a slight delay. In other news, ‘A Quiet Place Part II‘ which was pulled from release in March has been given a new release date of September 4th this year. This hopefully means that the movies will be open again for business by then and ready for the Autumn and Winter seasons which will contain ‘Halloween Kills‘, ‘Venom 2‘, ‘No Time To Die‘ and ‘Godzilla Vs Kong‘. In the meantime, ‘Black Widow‘ may make its debut in place of Marvel’s ‘The Eternals‘ which is still due for release in November.
‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ cost Paramount Pictures $150million to make and was one of the studios big hopes for grabbing the Dollars this summer. Responding to the news, Tom Cruise tweeted:
I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will be a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly this December. Stay safe, everyone.
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) April 2, 2020
Joining the returning Tom Cruise in the film are once again Val Kilmer as ‘Iceman’ alongside new recruits in Miles Teller, Jennifer Connolly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell and Ed Harris. We may still feel the need, the need for speed but will just have to wait until Christmas to fulfil the need in full.
Stay safe out there.
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