Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick Will Be Completed On Schedule Despite Coronavirus Delay

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Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski confirmed that the long-awaited Tom Cruise film will be completed on schedule despite the long-awaited sequel being delayed due to the coronavirus.

Tom Cruise’s long-awaited sequel to Top Gun was supposed to hit theatres this summer, reintroducing us to Maverick over thirty years later. However, with the coronavirus pandemic causing theatres all over the globe to shutter, almost every major studio has delayed its summer slate. Originally set to hit multiplexes this July, Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick is now on track to hit cinemas on December 23. While the Top Gun sequel may have bought more time to fine-tune itself, director Joseph Kosinski revealed that it won’t be taking advantage of the situation.

In a recent conversation with, Kosinski made it clear that Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick is sticking to its original post-production schedule despite the coronavirus causing a lengthy delay.

“We are sticking to our schedule and finishing the movie just as if it were coming out on its original release date. Luckily, I’m in the home stretch of post-production where, despite all the restrictions on how you can work now, I’m able to continue doing my job and finish the movie. Which is pretty amazing. If I were in any other phase of the project, it would be hard to do that. But because I’m in the tail end of post, I’m able to do everything I need to, to finish it. So we’re sticking to it and sticking to our schedule and finishing the movie and then just holding it for six months. Which is such an interesting thing to do, but it’s the right decision because this is a movie that people need to see on the big screen. And if there’s no big screen, then you don’t want to release this movie. We want this to be a shared experience on the biggest screen possible.”

Unlike several films that have paused their productions because of the coronavirus, Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick is extremely lucky that its nearing the end of its tinkering. Maverick completed filming in March 2019, over a year ago. No Time To Die director Cary Fukunaga also revealed that he and the James Bond team won’t be working on the film any longer, despite now having a late November release. With the coronavirus pausing our usual movie-going habits, now is the perfect time to catch up on some classic films like Cruise’s OG Top Gun!

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Here is the official synopsis for Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick:

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose.” Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.

Directed by Joseph Kosinski from a script written by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Ashley Edward Miller, and Zack Stentz, Top Gun: Maverick stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris.

Top Gun: Maverick will be released in theaters on December 23, 2020.