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Tom Cruise’s next ‘Mission: Impossible’ films are delayed over COVID

Tom Cruise attends the U.S. Premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" at Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on July 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.Shannon Finney/Photographer: Shannon Finney/Get

(Bloomberg) -- One of the biggest movies slated for 2022 -- “Mission: Impossible 7” starring Tom Cruise -- is being pushed into next year in the latest blow to struggling cinemas.

The film, which had already been postponed before, will shift from September to July 2023, according to a statement from ViacomCBS Inc.’s Paramount Pictures. Although filming wrapped last year, editing and other post-production chores have been delayed by the surge of the omicron variant.

The next picture in the series, “Mission: Impossible 8,” is also moving, from July 2023 to June 2024.

Cinema owners were counting on this to be a comeback year, anchored by big-budget installments of franchises like “The Batman” and “Mission: Impossible.” But less than a month into 2022, expectations are already being dialed back.


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Walt Disney Co. announced earlier this month that the Pixar animated film “Turning Red” wouldn’t appear in theaters, as the company had planned, and will go directly to its Disney+ streaming service in markets where that product is available. Many new pictures have struggled to find an audience in theaters during the pandemic.

The big-action-film genre -- the one that encompasses “Mission: Impossible” -- is the lone category that has performed fairly well. Sony Group’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” debuted last month amid the omicron surge and is already the fourth-highest-grossing movie of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.

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