It’s been a difficult year for any studio trying to schedule their upcoming slate, so it’s no surprise that we’ve seen major shifts in planned release dates. Sometimes this can happen for one individual film, while other times a studio will make one massive shift of their entire calendar all at once.
Paramount went with the latter strategy on Friday, moving around a number of their highly anticipated upcoming titles, including Tom Cruise’s next two films.
Mission: Impossible 7 has been shifted from its previous slot of November 19, 2021 all the way back to May 27, 2012, opening in the prime summer season next year.
That November 19 date will now be occupied by Cruise’s other tentpole franchise, Top Gun: Maverick, which was previously slated for July 2, 2021.
Snake Eyes, the G.I. Joe spinoff starring Henry Golding as the fan favorite character, has done the reverse trajectory, moving up from October 22 of this year to July 23, while Jackass was pushed back one month to fill that now vacant October 22 slot.
The studio also looked a bit further to start planning out their 2023 slate, pushing Dungeons & Dragons film starring Chris Pine, Regé-Jean Page, Sophia Lillis, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith, and Hugh Grant back a whopping 10 months to March 3, 2023.
Two intriguing new projects lined up for 2023 are a new Star Trek film dated for June 9th, and an untitled Ryan Reynolds/John Krasinski film set for November 17th of that year.
In non-Paramount news, Universal took advantage of the newly opened July 2, 2021 slot by putting their film The Forever Purge, the alleged final installment of that popular franchise, on the date.