Oh No, It's Happening Again

The last year was a terrible year for everyone. If you are a movie lover, you might also feel the extra kick of seeing all the movies that were delayed on the release schedule. Black Widow, F9 and other classics were released, but the rapid spread of the Delta version meant that a few big films have leapfrogged to 2022.

The dominos start with Top Gun: Maverick, a film that, at CinemaCon we discovered, has at least one alien mention. Six release dates have been set for Tom Cruise's long-awaited return to the skies, with the latest being November 19, 2021. Although not all delays were caused by covid-19, the majority were. Paramount has moved the film from November 2022 to May 27th, 2022. This date will be familiar to Cruise lovers as it is when Mission: Impossible 7 is due to release. That film has been moved to September 30, 2022. Paramount also moved Jackass Forever, which was originally located opposite Dune on October 22, to February 4, 2022.

Shortly after the announcement, Sony moved Ghostbusters: Afterlife, its highly anticipated legacy sequel, back one week. It was scheduled to be released on November 11. This gives Sony a bit more breathing room than Disney and Marvels Eternals, and also gives it a better chance to win over Thanksgiving weekend. This is a positive move but it's still a good one.

You can't help but notice Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and No Time to Die when you look at the films that are being released this fall. Both of these films have been remade multiple times and will be released within the next few weeks. Sonys confidence in Ghostbusters suggests Venom, which comes first, is likely to stay (not to mention its potential/hypothetical ties to Morbius and or Spider-Man: No Way Home coming out in the months after), and at CinemaCon, an MGM executive vowed that the James Bond film would be out in October no matter what. That was last week. These things can change.

The view from the ground floor isn't as bright. On Sunday night, I attended a screening of Candyman, the number one movie for this weekend. It was almost a dead town. My wife and I were the only people there. This was the opening weekend for a major horror film! It did well, but not enough. It did as well as it could have at another time. These are the questions studios are asking now, and Paramount is thinking that the answer is no.

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To be fair, Paramounts' trepidation may also have something to do the lashing that the studio gave Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, released July 23, has not even earned $40 million worldwide (a figure it could have reached on its first weekend if it had been released three years ago). The studio also removed Clifford the Big Red Dog from the schedule.

As the headline suggests, "Oh no!" It's happening again. What movies are you looking forward to seeing this year? Do you feel comfortable returning to the cinema? Tell us below.


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