As reported by Variety, Paramount Pictures has announced that “A Quiet Place Part II” and “Top Gun: Maverick” have been moved to 2021 release dates, with the COVID-19 pandemic causing further disruptions to the pair of films that were initially slated for 2020 releases.
“A Quiet Place 2,” directed by John Krasinksi and a sequel to the 2018 hit starring Emily Blunt, will now release on Apr. 23, 2021, while “Top Gun: Maverick,” the next installment in the Top Gun franchise starring Tom Cruise, will now hit theaters on July 2, 2021.
A teaser trailer and poster were released back in December for “A Quiet Place 2.” Still, nobody could have imagined the disruption that was to come for the film, and now fans won’t be able to watch the sequel until over a year since the originally slated release of Mar. 20, 2020.
Included in Variety’s reporting of the news is the following quote from Paramount’s President of domestic distribution Chris Aronson and President of international distribution Mark Viane:
“We truly believe that there is no movie-viewing experience like the one enjoyed in theatres. We are committed to the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners, and want to stress that we are confident that, when the time comes, audiences everywhere will once again enjoy the singular joy of seeing Paramount films on the big screen.”
The news of these further delays comes just hours after the announcement of Disney’s calendar change, which has seen “Mulan” pulled from its August release date, with no new date scheduled, as well as the eagerly anticipated “Avatar 2” which has been pushed back to 2022, which in turn affects its three other sequels. Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” was also recently pulled from the 2020 calendar by Warner Bros. with no new date in mind, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the entertainment industry.
At least for those anticipating “A Quiet Place 2” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” there is now a new set of dates to look toward, where hopefully the situation will have drastically improved.