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Top Gun: Maverick release date delayed to December Due to Coronavirus

Top Gun: Maverick was scheduled to debut Jun. 24 and will now release Dec. 23, 2020

Paramount announced on Apr. 2, 2020 that “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 classic, is pushed back to December due to COVID-19 crisis. Top Gun 2 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 Jun. 24 and will now release Dec. 23, 2020, Variety reported.

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The making of “Top Gun: Maverick” cost over $150 million, 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 original 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. According to Variety, this will allow him to shoot that sequel and participate in the “Top Gun: Maverick” campaign.

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The internet was set ablaze on Dec. 16, 2019 when the latest trailer of Top Gun: Maverick debuted (the first one was released on Jul. 18).

The two-minute trailer boasts blockbuster scenes with Maverick taking to the skies in F/A-18 Super HornetF-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft and an ‘Area 51’-type jet.

Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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