'Top Gun,' 'Mission: Impossible' sequels pushed back amid delta surge
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"Top Gun: Maverick" won't make it to theaters this year, afterbeing delayed again due to COVID-19.

The highly-anticipated Tom Cruise flick will be released Memorial Day weekend of 2022, its studio, Paramount Pictures, announced Wednesday. The film was originally poised to head to the big screen last summer, but was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It had been rescheduled to open over Thanksgiving weekend of this year before getting pushed back again.


Another Cruise project, "Mission: Impossible 7," will also be delayed more than three months, from May 2022 to September.

The move comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, driven in large part by the delta variant.

Last year, Cruise made headlines after he was heard lashing out at "Mission: Impossible 7" crew members for breaching COVID-19 protocols while on set.

“I said what I said,” Cruise, 59, said earlier this year when asked during a magazine interview about the incident. “There was a lot at stake at that point.”

Production on the mega-hit franchise was temporarily shut down for a second time earlier this year after someone working on the movie tested positive for the coronavirus.

—Updated at 4:12 p.m.