Top Gun sequel postponed till December: The need for speed will have to wait
A Quiet Place 2 has also been given a new release date. The horror thriller will now hit theatres on Sep 4.
Film studio Paramount has announced a slew of updates for its films this year, one of which is the disappointing news that the much-anticipated Top Gun sequel will be postponed.
Top Gun: Maverick was originally set to debut in North American theatres on Jun 24, but fans of the action drama will now have to wait until Dec 23 for its release.
Insiders at Paramount told The Hollywood Reporter that the decision was also meant to allow Tom Cruise to focus on preparing for his next Mission: Impossible film.
Top Gun will see Cruise return as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, with Val Kilmer also returning and Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm joining the cast.
Cruise addressed the news on social media, writing: “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.”
Still, if you want to get a little taste of the high-octane life, you can always try the Top Gun: Maverick Zoom virtual backgrounds that were posted onto the film’s official Twitter account. Two of the backgrounds set you in the cockpit of a fighter jet, while the third places you in the middle of an airbase and surrounded by planes from the most powerful air force in the world.
Paramount also revealed its new date for A Quiet Place 2, which was originally meant to drop on Mar 20 in North America but was pushed back due to COVID-19 as well.
It will now be released on Sep 4.
Other films that have had their release dates affected include The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run, which was moved from May 22 to Jul 31. Military sci-fi film The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt has also been affected, having its Dec 25 release date taken off the schedule indefinitely for now.