LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – With theater operators still struggling to reel in audiences because of the spike in COVID-19 cases brought on by the highly contagious Delta variant, another few blockbuster releases have been delayed.
Paramount Pictures announced Thursday it is postponing the release of “Top Gun: Maverick” from Nov. 19 to May 27, 2022.READ MORE: Woman Says She Was Refused Service At An Encino Dunkin' Donuts For Being Deaf
That was the same date that another Tom Cruise tentpole, “Mission: Impossible 7,” was slated to be released. Instead, the “Mission: Impossible 7” release has been pushed back to Sept. 30, 2022.READ MORE: Illegal Marijuana Grow Bust Nets Nearly 30,000 Plants And Leads To 31 Arrests In San Bernardino
This is the latest in a slew of film release delays since the pandemic started in March of 2020. The crisis has prompted some studios to release their films concurrently in theaters and on streaming services.
After being shuttered for several months, theaters in Los Angeles County began to reopen in March.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Related Hospitalizations Continue To Drop In Los Angeles County
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