Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Movie Year 2020 Almost Completely Cancelled as Paramount Moves “Top Gun” and “Quiet Place” Sequels to Next Year


The year 2020 is pretty much over, movie wise.

Paramount has moved “Top Gun: Maverick” and “A Quiet Place II” to next year. The former will come on July 2nd, the latter in April. I have a soft spot for “A Quiet Place II.” It was the last premiere I attended before the pandemic. I was about to run the review when everything came to a halt. Here’s my review: it’s really terrific and scary and sets up Part III, which we’ll see one day. I’m really glad Paramount didn’t put it on home video.

As for “Maverick,” Glen Powell will have to wait for his big close up til next year!

Disney has taken “Mulan” off their schedule indefinitely. That news came this evening.

The James Bond movie “No Time to Die” will be next. It’s no time to release. “Wonder Woman 1984,” etc are all going to move from fall dates.

The fact is, movies, like Broadway, can’t return to theaters until there’s a vaccine. So this business is crossing fingers and making new fake dates is just a waster of time. I think the MGM decision to move “Respect” to January 15th makes good sense. MGM also has “No Time to Die.” I think all the studios will hope for a vaccine by year’s end and go big in February. February will be the new December.

I do hope “Greyhound,” “Hamilton,” and a few others will get theatrical releases after the vaccine. Until then, it’s all going to be at home viewing.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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