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The studio announced Thursday evening that John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II is being delayed from Sept. 4, 2020, to April 23, 2021, while Top Gun: Maverick — which sees Tom Cruise reprise his titular role — is moving from Dec. 23, 2020, to July 1, 2021.
This marks the second time that the films have been pushed back because of theater closures and production delays caused by the pandemic. The delay isn’t great news for cinema owners, who are in need of new product upon reopening.
“We truly believe that there is no movie-viewing experience like the one enjoyed in theaters,” Paramount president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson said in a statement. Added his international colleague Mark Viane, “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 announcement came hours after Disney announced a raft of release date changes for many of its high-profile films, including unscheduling late-August tentpole Mulan.
The long-awaited Top Gun sequel returns Cruise to star alongside franchise newcomers Glen Powell and Miles Teller. Skydance is a partner on the film.
Krasinski wrote and directed A Quiet Place II, which stars original castmembers Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. Series newcomers include Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou.
Below are additional calendar moves announced by Paramount:
Jackass, previously scheduled July 2, 2021 (wide), is now Sept. 3, 2021 (wide).
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is announced for April 8, 2022 (wide).
Under the Boardwalk will open July 22, 2022.
The Tiger’s Apprentice, previously set for Feb. 11, 2022 (wide), is now Feb. 10, 2023 (wide).
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