Paramount follows by moving ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and ‘A Quiet Place Part II’


Disney has taken “Mulan” off its release calendar as the coronavirus continues to spread. (Disney Enterprises/AP)


By Steven Zeitchik July 24, 2020 at 11:35 a.m. GMT+8
Disney on Thursday took its action-adventure movie “Mulan” off the August release calendar, officially ending any hopes that Americans will return to movie theaters en masse this summer.The company said the film, which was most recently set for release Aug. 21, was now “unset,” with no new date.


Late Thursday, Paramount Pictures followed with an even bolder move: It postponed “A Quiet Place Part II,” its much-anticipated sequel of the 2018 smash, from Labor Day weekend to April 2021, scuttling hopes for a September revival. Then it doubled down by taking “Top Gun: Maverick,” the long-awaited Tom Cruise reboot, from Christmas to the July 4 holiday weekend next year.


Originally scheduled for late March, “Mulan” was one of the first major pictures postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it has served as a bellwether of the Hollywood uncertainty that followed. After several delays, the film landed in late August, where the prospect of a summer release provided at least some reassurance that the industry would not lose two full moviegoing periods because of the virus.


Paramount, though, took more sweeping action. It had been using the last few months of the year as the place to hold its two big movies delayed by the pandemic. “A Quiet Place” was actually originally scheduled to come out ahead of “Mulan,” on March 20, and like “Mulan,” it already held a splashy prerelease premiere. Then shutdowns began to hit.


“Top Gun,” with its specter of a revival of one of the touchstone hits of modern movie history, was scheduled for June but was then delayed by the pandemic to Dec. 25. With the new move, Paramount stakes out a July date that well suits the film, if one that also can feel a long way off. It is the first major movie to be moved out of the lucrative Christmas window, an acknowledgment that the effects of the virus will be felt for many months to come.

作为现代电影史上的试金石之一,《壮志凌云》(Top Gun)的回归令人担心。该片原定于6月上映,但由于疫情的爆发实施的新措施,上映推迟到了12月25日。派拉蒙将上映定在了最适合该片的日期,尽管这个日期似乎也很遥远。这是第一部被排除在利润丰厚的圣诞窗口之外的大片,表明人们将在未来几个月还会感受到病毒的影响。

The studio did leave “Coming 2 America,” its sequel to the Eddie Murphy-Arsenio Hall classic, on the calendar for December, along with several other movies. The decision for that film could come later, as the company begins to ramp up its marketing campaign in October and November. It’s also possible “A Quiet Place” could move up again to 2020 if the public health situation improves. The film, a smaller-budget crowd-pleaser, needs less of a long-lead marketing campaign.

电影公司确实把埃迪墨菲-阿森尼奥霍尔的经典影片的续集《Coming 2 America》和其他几部电影留到了12月份上映。关于这部电影的上映决定可能会晚些时候做出,因为该公司将在10月和11月开始加大营销力度。如果公共卫生状况有所改善,《寂静之地》也有可能再次提到2020年上映。这部电影是一部小成本的取悦观众的影片,不需要进行长期的市场营销活动。

The “Top Gun” postponement raises questions about whether other studios will follow by clearing out the holiday period and what theaters will look like if they continue to go without product for a year or more — or if they will be able to survive. This week, one theater owner called the idea of no new major movies for the rest of 2020 a “worst-case scenario.”


Disney’s announcement had a low-key quality reflective of just how much uncertainty has become the default position for U.S. businesses during the pandemic. Compared with the most recent “Mulan” delay a month ago — when studio Chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman said in a statement that the pandemic “has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance” — Disney announced the change Thursday simply as part of a longer list of schedule moves.


Paramount, though, was more vocal about its intentions. In a joint statement, President of Domestic Distribution Chris Aronson and International Theatrical Distribution President Mark Viane said: “We truly believe that there is no movie-viewing experience like the one enjoyed in theatres.”
“We are committed to the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners,” they added, “and want to stress that we are confident that, when the time comes, audiences everywhere will once again enjoy the singular joy of seeing Paramount films on the big screen.”