As the Covid-19 positive cases are rising again, Hollywood actor Tom Cruise’s films “Top Gun: maverick” and “Missin Impossible: 7” have been delayed. Paramount Pictures has delayed the release of both films until September 2022, a spokesman for the viacomCBS Ins studio said Wednesday.
While the “Top Gun: maverick” was going to hit theaters on November 19, it will now release with Mission Impossible: 7 on September 30, 2022. Producers have shifted the schedules as they want more people to watch it in theaters. As the delta variant of the virus has disrupted the hope of comeback of the films.
The theater’s chains, such as AMC Entertainment, Cineworld Plc, and Cinemark Holdings, are hoping for “Top Gun” to help them to lure audiences back. Jeff Bock, the senior media analyst at Exhibitor Relations Co, called a “smart move” for the “Top Gun” release. “Paramount needs this to be a big worldwide hit. Global marketplace just isn’t there yet,” Bock wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, the marker of “Mission Impossible filed a lawsuit against film’s insurance company for failing to pay out for all but one of the costly stoppages. Its already delayed four times in Italy, and three times in the UK(United Kingdom) between February 2020 and June 2021, said to lawsuits filed by Paramount Pictures in U.S. federal court in California.
The delay caused by a positive cases of Coronavirus tests among the crew members, or quarantine or lockdowns was imposed by the countries where the shooting of the film was going to start.
The lawsuit accuses the Insurance Company of breach of contract, says it has agreed to pay the first stoppage amount of $5million. The company did not immediately return a request for the comment.
Tom Cruise, who is also the producer of the film, lost his temper while on the sets of “Mission Impossible:7” in England in December over the breach in COVID protocols, and threatening to fire the cast and crew member if they did not take it seriously.
“Mission Impossible” is one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood, with 2018’s “Mission Impossible: Fallout” taking more than $791 million at the worldwide box office. Multiple films and television productions have been disrupted by the pandemic and the cost of testing, protective equipment has added millions of dollars to their budgets.
Paramount also said in the lawsuit that the insurance company argued that “no evidence that those cast and crew members could not continue their duties, even infected with COVID and posing an risk to other individuals involved with the production.”
Paramount did not disclose the amount that how much shutdowns had cost but said that its losses “far exceeded” the $5 million that had agreed to pay for the first stoppages instance of coronavirus in February 2020