I think we all knew this was coming, but today Paramount officially announced that they are pulling the ejection seat on Top Gun: Maverick‘s summer release date. The highly anticipated sequel was originally scheduled to hit theatres globally on June 24th but with many theatres still expected to be shut down at that time, they have instead decided to reposition it as a holiday 2020 release. The studio has also set new dates for A Quiet Place Part II and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the latter of which is still aiming to be out this summer, believe it or not. The new release dates are as follows:
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run – moves from 05/22/2020 to 07/31/2020
- A Quiet Place Part II – moves from TBD to 09/04/2021
- Top Gun: Maverick – moves from 06/24/2020 to 12/23/2020
The December move is a good one for Top Gun: Maverick, especially considering that there weren’t very many major blockbusters planned for the holiday season so far (thanks in part to Avatar 2 being delayed and the lack of a new Star Wars entry this year). You have to wonder how many other summer movies will end up crowding into December, however, given that this is the other season for major Hollywood blockbusters. Another interesting question is what will happen if the COVID-19 shutdown ends earlier than anticipated? Surely some of these movies could find themselves getting rescheduled again, although perhaps without the help of their usual lead-in marketing campaigns. Do you think December is a good time to release Top Gun: Maverick?