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The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in the entertainment industry.
Paramount Pictures announced Thursday that the release of its highly anticipated film “Top Gun: Maverick” will be postponed from June 24 to December 23.
The star and producer of the sequel, Tom Cruise, who plays Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, reacted to the news on Twitter.
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“I know many of you have waited 34 years. Unfortunately, it will take a little longer. Top Gun: Maverick will fly in December. Stay safe, everyone, ”he wrote.
Most of the best movies of the season left last week during the summer. With the rapid spread of the pandemic, it is not yet known when cinemas will reopen, or to what extent moviegoers will have to visit cinemas when they reopen.
Summer is usually the most lucrative time of the year in Hollywood when studios unleash a barrage of sequels, superhero movies and action movies. Last year, summer ticket sales totaled $ 4.3 billion in US and Canadian theaters.
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Recent reports include “Wonder Woman 1984”, “F9” and “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”.
And a handful of movies have been removed from the schedule, including “In the Heights” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Black Widow” by Marvel and Tom Hanks’ “Greyhound” drama from World War II.
The next James Bond film “No Time to Die” was postponed from April to November.
Paramount also said Thursday that “A Quiet Place Part II”, which was due to hit theaters in March, will now be released on September 4. “The film Spongebob: Sponge on the Run” will target July 31 instead of May 22. .
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And the science fiction war movie “The War of Tomorrow”, starring Chris Pratt, is now unplanned instead of coming out at Christmas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.