Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” a sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 classic, is the latest summer movie to vacate its release date as theaters remain closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The anticipated follow-up was scheduled to debut June 24 and will now release Dec. 23, 2020.
Top Gun Maverick cost over $150 million to make, so Paramount is counting on massive ticket sales in order to turn a profit. The delay gives Paramount more time to roll out a massive global marketing campaign. That could have been more difficult if “Top Gun: Maverick” had tried to maintain its summer release date. Cruise is gearing up to star in the seventh “Mission: Impossible” movie — production in Europe was delayed when the coronavirus hit Italy. This will allow him to shoot that sequel and participate in the “Top Gun: Maverick” campaign.
Cruise, over 30 years after the first film, reprises his role as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun Maverick. In the sequel, Cruise returns to flight school to train Top Gun graduates for a specialised mission. Val Kilmer will reprise his role as Maverick’s rival Iceman, while Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Glen Powell joined the cast.
Top Gun Maverick is an upcoming American action drama film directed by Joseph Kosinski, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie and David Ellison, and written by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and McQuarrie. It is the sequel to 1986’s Top Gun and stars Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer. Cruise and Kilmer reprise their roles from the first film.