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Sony, Paramount Join Latest Movie Delay Bandwagon

July 24, 2020

Erik Gruenwedel Next year (2021) is shaping up to be a busy one for Hollywood. Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures have joined Disney and Warner Bros. in further delaying 2020 high-profile theatrical releases until 2021 due to ongoing surges in coronavirus infections in some parts of the country. To date, the United States leads the world with more than 4 million infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. Paramount announced that another Tom Cruise starrer, Top Gun: Maverick, sequel to 1986ís Top Gun, has been delayed until July 2, 2021 from its previously delayed Dec. 23, 2020 debut. The studio previously pushed back Mission: Impossible 7 to Nov. 19, 2021 from its original July 21, 2021 date. Mission: Impossible 8, had been scheduled for Aug. 5, 2022. It now has a tentative Nov. 4, 2022 release appointment. Sci-fi franchise A Quiet Place saw sequel Part II delayed again to next April from the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The John Krasinski/Emily Blunt starrer had been originally slated for March 8 ó just as the COVID-19 pandemic gained traction globally. Paramount, which earlier this month inked catalog movie license deals with NBCUniversalís Peacock streaming service for 2021, 2022 and 2023, also pushed back screen debuts for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Jackass, Under the Boardwalk and The Tigerís Apprentice. is delaying its latest Spider-Man sequel to Dec. 17, 2021 from Nov. 5, 2021. The third installment starring Tom Holland as the webbed crusader had originally been slated for July 16, 2021. Separately, Sony Pictures Animationís Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, is now scheduled for Oct. 7, 2022 from April 2022.

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