Paramount has officially delayed Mission: Impossible 7 and its followup eighth installment once again, amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of COVID-19, as stated by The Hollywood Reporter. The seventh film in the Tom Cruise franchise will now be released on July 14, 2023 (moving away from its September 30th release date), and the eighth movie will be coming out on June 28, 2024 (previously set to release on July 7, 2023).
In a statement, Paramount and Skydance explained that “After thoughtful consideration, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have decided to postpone the release dates for Mission: Impossible 7 & 8 in response to delays due to the ongoing pandemic. The new release dates will be July 14, 2023, and June 28, 2024, respectively. We look forward to providing moviegoers with an unparalleled theatrical experience.”
This doesn’t feel at all surprising, considering that Paramount has always been the most proactive studio to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, delaying their movies farther than any other studio, and even sending some of them to streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video and Paramount+. Here’s wondering if Top Gun: Maverick will be delayed again (hopefully not, please).
Source: The Hollywood Reporter