Top Gun: Maverick & Mission: Impossible 7 Delayed Snake Eyes GI Joe Origins Purge Forever shift

Not a good day if you’re a fan of watching Tom Cruise nearly kill himself doing stunts in movies. Paramount has delayed both Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7, which both star the actor. Top Gun: Maverick has jumped from July 2 to Nov. 19, where Mission: Impossible 7 was scheduled to land. That film, in turn, has moved to May 27, 2022. That has triggered a move for Mission: Impossible 8, which is now landing July 7, 2023.

The shifts leave the July 4 weekend wide open, with only Peter Rabbit 2 landing, but Universal saw an opportunity and bumped The Forever Purge up a week from July 9 to July 2, positioning the film to be the biggest movie of the holiday weekend.

Unrelated to Top Gun: Maverick and the other shifts, Paramount also shifted the release date of Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins forward. The film is moving from Oct. 22 to July 23, giving it a far healthier summer opening to grab younger audiences. Paramount seems to be eying expanding audiences as theaters begin reopening and a better understanding of where money can be made is becoming clear. The delay for Top Gun: Maverick happened so that more international markets can be open for the film.

Most of these films have already seen multiple delays and reschedulings due to COVID-19, especially Top Gun: Maverick. These aren’t the only films that have been shuffling around either. WarnerMedia recently moved Mortal Kombat, and Sony shifted Venom 2 and Uncharted. Disney seems to be locked into its release schedule though, recently revealing that both Jungle Cruise and Free Guy will be theatrical releases only.

Matthew Razak
Matthew Razak is a film critic with more than a decade of experience reviewing and talking about movies, TV shows, and videogames. He runs the website Flixist.com and will talk your ear off about James Bond movies, Doctor Who, Zelda, and Star Trek.

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