The COVID crisis is far from over, with the Delta Variant causing major disruptions and being of particular affect to those of a younger age. It is also having a continuing effect on the release of movies.
Studios and distributors are still moving their dates – to avoid half-full cinemas or direct competition with other titles that may also have shifted, sometimes with multiple moves already. Paramount has now moved Maverick, the Top Gun sequel back a full six months to 27th May 2022. For those keeping track, the film was once on track for 12th July, 2019 before major retooling caused a delay early in the process. It was moved to 26th June, 2020 and then shuffled slightly to two days earlier, 24th June. Due to COVID is then got moved to 19th November 2021 but has now settled on the May 2022 date… for the moment.
Star Tom Cruise also sees his Mission: Impossible 7 facing another move. With COVID delays and some shooting controversies along the way, it was previously set to be released on 23rd July 2021 then shifted to 19th November 19, 2021 with the new date of 27th May 2022 being the current plan. The film, which was originally due to be shooting back to back with other MI sequels, co-stars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Hayley Atwell, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Frederick Schmidt. Cruise and Atwell were recently seen filming in North Yorkshire.