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.