Paramount Pictures has declared that Tom Cruise’s Top Gun Maverick will not be delayed again and it will not debut on streaming.
It was always a given sadly that several big-name movies would be pushed out until further in the year, thanks to the viral pandemic. We have already seen the likes of ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’, ‘A Quiet Place Part II‘, ‘No Time To Die‘, and ‘Morbius‘ delayed. And the smart money is on ‘Black Widow‘ to move again, possibly to a July or August opening instead of May as it sits now. ‘Fast & Furious 9‘ MAY decide to hang back by a month or two as well.
But Paramount Pictures has had enough. One of its big guns. The long-gestating sequel ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ was due to open back last summer before being delayed until last Christmas before moving again to July 2nd. Everyone has been waiting for Paramount to announce the film’s delay once more. But guess what? It’s not going to happen. Paramount Pictures has announced that it has absolutely NO plans to delay the film any further. Also, the film WILL receive a theatrical release and will not hit streaming first or simultaneously.
Paramount Pictures’ President of Distribution, Chris Aronson is quite confident that the vaccines that have been created will hugely reduce the cases and the threat of the Coronavirus. And allow movie theatres to open again. In a statement, Aronson stated:
“We have no plans to move our theatrical release of ‘Top Gun’. I think the next two months are critical, and whether the new administration can implement a robust vaccination plan. If Biden’s 100 million vaccines in 100 days works, then I think we’ll be in good shape”
THE RIGHT CALL
To be honest, I believe he’s right. Hopefully, by the end of June, the vaccines will be in full effect and severely reduce the virus’s hold on the world. That would mean a straight forward, full-scale reopening of theatres. That would, of course, be after a smaller reopening plan is enacted first. Better to walk first before you can run.
‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ takes place over thirty years after the events of the original film. Tom Cruise once more plays the role of Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell. Still annoying the Navy’s top brass but now training a new generation of pilots. Joining Cruise in feeling the need for speed this time around are Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Jon Hamm, and the return of Val Kilmer as ‘Iceman’.
‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ takes to the skies (hopefully) on July 2nd, 2021
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