Despite several challenges with filming, Top Gun’s creators: Maverick is adamant the film will release in cinemas around the world in July 2021, no matter what.
Top Gun fans, it’s time to start getting hyped because it seems like there is virtually nothing that can come between the sequel to the 1986 action drama, starring Tom Cruise as fighter pilot Captain Pete Mitchell if the film’s creators have anything to do with it.
The original Top Gun film was a smash hit, becoming the highest-grossing film in the world of 1986. The film earned $356-million at the box office, more than 23 times its budget of $15-million. The cinemas showing the movie in America did not decline for six straight months after it was released.
The popularity of the film has seen its likeness seep into other industries as well. According to some sources, sales of bomber jackets and Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses increased by as much as 40% due to the original film.
There have also been several games made that were inspired by the movie, such as the Top Gun strategy board game and the famous Top Gun: Hard Lock game for PC and consoles. Even an official slot game with the same title can be found at online casinos offering the best no deposit bonus codes, such as The Sun Vegas Casino.
2020 was a challenging year for Hollywood, with many films being delayed, switched to a streaming release over theatrical, or even outright cancelled due to difficulties with global travel, and filming is all but impossible for most of the year.
Top Gun: Maverick was initially supposed to be released in June 2020 before Paramount Pictures pushed the date back to December that year and then again to July 2021. The current date is an ideal one for the film as it puts it right at the start of the summer movie season, and Paramount is dead set against another delay.
They are also against the idea of axing a theatrical release in favour of a streaming release, which has been quite a common move for movie studios over the past few months. The idea must have been even more tempting given the upcoming launch of Paramount+ in March. “We have no plans to move our theatrical release of Top Gun,” Paramount president of distribution Chris Aronson categorically told The Hollywood Reporter.
There have even been rumours that Netflix and Apple tried to purchase the rights to stream the title on their platforms, but it was soundly rejected. The reason for all this is because Paramount is confident in the pulling power of the Top Gun brand and Tom Cruise, no matter what the challenges faced at cinemas. And they have a point.
It was, and still is, an incredibly popular film, and its sequel will draw millions of people to movie houses all over the world, so it makes a lot of sense for Paramount to avoid a streaming release and stick to their July 2021 theatrical release come hell or high water.