Not so fast Maverick. The Coronavirus pandemic claims two more films from their planned 2020 release dates.
Paramount Pictures pushed A Quiet Place II earlier in the year as it was slated for a March 8 release. As the threat of the virus spread, Paramount was one of the earlier studios to delay its release in vain hopes that things would settle down by Sept. 4. With that looking like wishful thinking, Paramount opted not to try a winter release date and pushed the film to April 23, 2021.
Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick was slated for what seemed a relatively safe Dec. 23 release, but Paramount isn’t taking chances and moved to July 1, 2021.
“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.
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What will really be interesting is how quickly audiences return to theaters even with the all clear. Maybe by summer 2021 moviegoers will feel comfortable sitting close and breathing in the same air for two hours?
I’m still not sold that things will be settled by next summer at this rate. By April, no one thought the virus would still be an issue in August and it doesn’t seem to be any closer to being solved yet. Guess we’ll see soon enough.