Paramount is the latest studio to follow suit and change the release of one of their most significant summer movies. Variety is reporting that Top Gun: Maverick will no longer see a June 24th release, and is now set to hit theaters on December 23rd, 2020.
This release date shake-up also brings a new release date for both A Quiet Place Part II and SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run. The horror sequel is now coming out on September 4th, 2020, and the latter is set for July 31st, 2020, instead of May 22nd.
Every studio from Disney with Black Widow and Mulan to Warner Bros. and their blockbusters, Wonder Woman 1984 and In the Heights, have moved their dates to a later time. With the on-going current events in the world, it makes sense as many theaters are unlikely to reopen for quite some time.
With Top Gun: Maverick having a reported budget of over $150 million, it makes sense for Paramount to protect this film and move to a time where the studio can turn a profit. December is jam-packed with big releases like Speilberg’s West Side Story and a Dune remake, so the Tom Cruise-sequel will need to take flight and fight.
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”.
Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.
Top Gun: Maverick is set for release on December 23rd, 2020 and sees returning stars Tom Cruise (Maverick) and Val Kilmer (Iceman) joined in the cast by Jennifer Connolly (American Pastoral), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Ed Harris (Westworld), Lewis Pullman (Bad Times at the El Royale), Glen Powell (Hidden Figures), Charles Parnell (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Bashir Salahuddin (Glow), Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop), Danny Ramirez (The Gifted), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Jay Ellis (Insecure), Kara Wang (Good Trouble), Jack Schumacher (Empire), Greg Tarzan Davis (Chicago P.D.), Jake Picking (Blockers), Raymond Lee (Mozart in the Jungle), Jean Louisa Kelly (Ant-Man) and Lyliana Wray (Strange Angel).