The fuse is temporarily stifled by the coronavirus…
The overspill of the aftermath of the coronavirus will be felt in Hollywood not only this year but well into next year too. Word is reaching us that Paramount Pictures has had to shift the release dates of the next two chapters in its ‘Mission Impossible‘ franchise. The back to back sequels was originally planned to be released on July 21st, 2021, and August 5th, 2022 respectively but after the pandemic has finished with everything, the seventh film will now hit the screens on November 19th, 2021 while the eighth film moves to November 4th, 2022. The delays are not that severe, only four months for part seven and three months for part eight but enough for the movies to miss the summer release slots they and Paramount were aiming for. All this on the back of losing the long-awaited sequel ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ from its summer berth until to the end of the year.
The two sequels once again star Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt alongside the other returnees in Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Vanessa Kirby, back once again after the previous film. Also joining Cruise and company are Nicholas Hoult, Pom Klementieff, Hayley Atwell, and Shea Whigham. The film is once again written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
In other Paramount Pictures news, they have also announced moves for the Chris Pratt film ‘The Tomorrow World‘ which now moves to a July 23rd, 2021 slot, the animated family film ‘Paw Patrol‘ which now occupies the August 20th, 2021 spot, ‘Dungeons And Dragons‘ which will work its magic now on May 27th, 2022 while the horror film ‘Spell‘ that was upcoming has now disappeared from the release schedule completely.
2021 looks to be full to bursting with films that have been held over from this year until next and the moves cannot help the already bulging release schedule that is now in place. We will, of course, keep you informed of any further developments regarding this story and the updated release schedules.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!