Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Movie Summer is Over as Paramount Moves Tom Cruise “Top Gun: Maverick” to Christmas, “A Quiet Place II” to Labor Day


Movie summer is over.

Paramount has moved Tom Cruise’s blockbuster-to-be, “Top Gun: Maverick” from June to Christmas. They’ve also sent “A Quiet Place Part 2” to Labor Day. It was supposed to have opened last month.

As well, they’ve sent “The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” to the end of July.

This leaves just Warner Bros. to decide if “Wonder Woman 1984” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” will open this summer. But remember, they don’t have Cannes as a launching pad, and marketing general will be touchy as Memorial Day approaches.

More importantly, we have to start thinking about what’s ahead for the film world through the summer at least. The Venice, Telluride, and Toronto Film Festivals are in tremendous doubt at this point. Italy is never going to recommend thousands of VIPS arriving in Venice after what they’ve been through this year. Photo calls are the last thing they’re going to want.  As for Telluride and Toronto, things look ominous today.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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