The follow up to Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning is moving back a year, and looks like it might be changing title as well. More here.
Just four days ago we covered the widespread reports that Marvel Studio’s Deadpool 3 would be delayed, pushing one of 2024’s biggest blockbusters into the following year. With that news, a domino effect looked set to happen with studios looking to secure favourable release dates for the summer 2025 schedule.
We saw what happened this year when Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1's release date just prior to Barbenheimer saw the film only secure a week-long run on premium-format screens. That no doubt hurt the film’s box office totals, something producer and star Tom Cruise was only too aware of as he personally involved himself in a struggle to acquire a longer run of IMAX screenings for the film.
When all was said and done, despite being a worthy addition to the series, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1 fell short of financial expectations, while we all saw the hugely positive financial impact that a long IMAX run had on Oppenheimer's fortunes.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 2 hasn’t yet completed production, and as you’re probably aware, with the actors’ strike shows no signs of ending (although both parties are due to get back around the negotiating table today). As such, Paramount has elected to vacate the film from next year’s schedule and get an early booking in 2025’s summer release schedule. We imagine it’s called dibs on a decent IMAX run too, so it won’t won’t to get caught out again like it did this summer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will also be getting a name change. That’s probably not a bad thing. (Physical media buffs may be a little frustrated though, given that the titling for the series will now look pretty odd on their shelves.)
The horror prequel, A Quiet Place: Day One has also been shifted, moving from March 2024 to June 28th 2024, taking up the date that was slated for the next Mission: Impossible film.
That’s two huge films that have now moved out of 2024 in the space of four days. Cinema operators will be more than a little worried, and the whole episode is reminiscent of the early days of the pandemic when film dates began to quickly tumble.
It’s another hurdle that the industry could do without, given that the film production pipeline is only just recovering from the pandemic, but here we are. Let’s hope an agreement to end this strike can be reached soon but until that happens, expect more delays to follow.
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