Joseph Kosinski’s “Top Gun: Maverick” is the latest summer release to be postponed. Due to the ongoing conditions of the coronavirus pandemic, it is no surprise distributors have grown committed to removing their titles until a safer plan for release.
“Top Gun: Maverick” was due to release on June 26, flying into a comfortable summer movie spot for audiences. The current circumstances of the entertainment industry and public health have now delayed the release until Dec. 23. The sequel follows Pete Michell (Tom Cruise), a thirty-year veteran of the skies now returning to direct the next generation of fighter pilots. Writers on the script are Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie (“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”).
Tony Scott’s “Top Gun” debuted in 1986, earning over $176 million domestically and over $353 million worldwide. Adding to Cruise’s legend, the role is also among the actor’s most recognizable performances.
According to Deadline, other titles managing release shifts are Paramount Pictures’ “A Quiet Place ll,” now set for Sept. 4, and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” releasing on May 22. After moving “Top Gun: Maverick” to a winter 2020 release, Paramount has also shelved the premiere for “The Tomorrow War,” Chris McKay’s feature starring Chris Pratt, Betty Gilpin, and J.K. Simmons.
On Thursday, Sony Corp. revealed the launch of its $100 million relief fund to confront employment hardships caused by COVID-19. According to Sony, the funds will go toward aiding medical professionals on the front lines as well as departments of the creative and entertainment industry.
“Together with its group companies engaged in the entertainment industry, Sony will seek ways to support up-and-coming creators, artists and all those in professions supporting the industry, who have been impacted by the cancellation or postponement of concerts and live events, or the shutting down of film and television productions,” said Sony in a statement.
As the pandemic continues to affect millions, movie theaters will not be reopening their doors anytime soon. This circumstance raises new questions about where the industry will pick itself back up. More developments are to follow.
What do you think of the shifting releases dates happening in the film industry? Was the postponement of “Top Gun: Maverick” inevitable? Share your thoughts in the comments below!