The devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the film industry continue as both Mission: Impossible 7 and Top Gun: Maverick receive further delays to their release dates. Though for film star Tom Cruise, who appears in both big-budget sequels, this is no bad thing as the consequence of the pandemic has seen a considerable loss of box office profits.
After seeing Scarlett Johannson suffer financially following her ongoing dispute with Walt Disney Studios in the midst of Black Widow releasing during the pandemic, it seems that Paramount studios have decided not to gamble with a 2021 release date.
With Tom Cruise producing both films alongside Skydance and Paramount Pictures, it’s highly likely that the star actor had a say in the delay of both Mission Impossible 7 and Top Gun: Maverick. According to the report from Deadline, “Paramount didn’t want to cherry-pick which movies will open in the current climate. In their view, all their filmmakers and stars deserve the same consideration and positioning in a future potential robust box office marketplace”.
Back in 2020, Val Kilmer revealed that he initially didn’t want to appear in the original Top Gun, but was desperate to feature in the upcoming sequel. As detailed in his memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry, the actor admitted, “I didn’t want the part. I didn’t care about the film. The story didn’t interest me…My agent, who also represented Tom Cruise, basically tortured me into at least meeting Tony Scott saying he was one of the hottest directors in town”.
Along with the returning cast members Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, the film also stars Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris. Joseph Kosinski takes over from Tony Scott, the director of the original film, who sadly passed away in 2012. Kosinski has been previously responsible for 2013s Oblivion as well as 2010s TRON: Legacy.
Along with Top Gun: Maverick which has been pushed back to May 27th, 2022, and Mission Impossible 7 that has been delayed until September 30th, 2022, Jackass Forever will also be moved to February 22nd.
Take a look at the trailer for the long-delayed Top Gun: Maverick below: