‘A Quiet Place 2,’ ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Delayed Until 2021

“Top Gun: Maverick,” a sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 classic, will have to wait until next summer to take flight.

The action adventure, from Paramount and Skydance, has pushed its Dec. 23 release date and will now open July 2, 2021.

A few months earlier, “A Quiet Place Part II” will hit the big screen. The horror sequel, starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, has also been delayed from Sept. 4 to April 23, 2021.

As part of Paramount’s release date shakeup on Thursday, “Jackass” has been pushed from July 2021 to Sept. 3, 2021. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” a follow-up to this year’s box office smash, will open on April 8, 2022. “Under the Boardwalk” has been added to the calendar on July 22, 2022 and “The Tiger’s Apprentice” was moved back a year from Feb. 11, 2022 to Feb. 10, 2023.

“A Quiet Place 2” was originally scheduled to open on the big screen on March 20, but it was one of the first major movies pulled from release as cases of the coronavirus began to spread in the United States. The studio moved “A Quiet Place 2” to Sept. 6 in the hopes that moviegoing would return during summer. But uncertainty over when movie theaters — which first shuttered in March — will be able to reopen has only intensified as the pandemic continues to rapidly escalate across the country.

The delay comes days after Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller “Tenet” and hours after Disney’s “Mulan” were taken off release calendars. While those films had been long positioned to help revive moviegoing, sources say that Paramount did not want “A Quiet Place Part II” to have the pressure of being the first new movie out of the gate during the pandemic.

Krasinski returned to direct “A Quiet Place Part 2,” while Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe will reprise their roles from the original. Krasinski, who portrayed the family patriarch in “A Quiet Place,” appears in the sequel through flashbacks. “A Quiet Place Part 2” again sees their family trapped by the boundaries of silence as they face the terrors of the outside world. “A Quiet Place” became a sleeper hit at the box office, earning $340 million globally in 2018.

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