MOVIE NEWS – After several previous premiere date changes, Paramount’s upcoming Mission: Impossible sequels face another delay.
In sad news, the seemingly never-ending Covid epidemic has led Paramount to announce that keeping the premiere dates for the Tom Cruise-starring Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 has also proved to be an “impossible mission”, with both films suffering a further year delay each to their previously set release dates. The latest instalments in the popular action film franchise have already been delayed several times over the past 20 months, and now…
…Mission: Impossible 7 has been delayed from September 30th, 2022 to July 14th, 2023, while Mission: Impossible 8 has been postponed from July 7th, 2023 to June 28th, 2024.
The Mission Impossible sequels had struggled with a premiere date since the start of the pandemic in April 2020, when the 7th film in the franchise was moved from July to December. Of course, as the outbreak continued to cause considerable disruptions to film and release schedules, the film was then transferred to November 2021 and then to this year, which we see was also not kept to. For now, Paramount’s other Tom Cruise film, Top Gun: Maverick, is still holding its May 27th, 2022 premiere.
A joint statement from Paramount and Skydance reads, “After thoughtful consideration, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have decided to postpone the release dates for Mission: Impossible 7 & 8 in response to delays due to the ongoing pandemic. The new release dates will be July 14th, 2023, and June 28th, 2024. We look forward to providing moviegoers with an unparalleled theatrical experience.”
Although Paramount will obviously release the films when it feels it’s time, another one-year delay for both movies may seem a bit too cautious. Spider-Man: No Way Home recently proved that audiences would turn out in good numbers for the proper film, and Paramount’s own Scream recently had a strong opening at the box office.
All in all, the Mission: Impossible series has grossed more than $3.5 billion with its first six films, making the sequels an almost certain success whenever they are released…