Actors Strike Hits a Big Franchise

The 8th installment of 'Mission: Impossible' will be delayed by a year
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 24, 2023 10:30 AM CDT
Mission: Impossible No. 8 Gets a One-Year Delay
Tom Cruise at the premiere of "Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning Part One" at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, on July 10 in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The eighth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise has been postponed a year, reports the AP, signaling a new wave of release schedule juggling for Hollywood studios as the actors strike surpasses three months of work stoppage. Paramount Pictures on Monday shifted the release date of the next Mission: Impossible from June 28, 2024, to May 23, 2025. Production on the follow-up to Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning Part One was paused in July while Tom Cruise and company embarked on an international promotional blitz for Dead Reckoning. (The sequel had been titled Mission: Impossible—Dead Reckoning Part Two but is now simply listed as Mission: Impossible.)

Dead Reckoning ultimately grossed $567.5 million worldwide, falling shy of the 2018 installment Fallout ($791.7 million globally) and the heady highs of Cruise's summer 2022 blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick ($1.5 billion). The 163-minute-long action thriller drew some of the best reviews of the 27-year-old movie franchise, but it was quickly eclipsed by the box-office juggernauts of Barbie and Oppenheimer. As Hollywood's labor turmoil has continued, it has increasingly upended release plans not just for movies this fall that want to wait until their stars can promote them (like Dune: Part Two, postponed to March), but some of next year's top big-screen attractions.

A string of Marvel movies have previously shifted back, as did the third Venom film. Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, has been delayed indefinitely after being dated for March 2024. Paramount also announced Monday that A Quiet Place: Day One, a prequel to the post-apocalyptic horror series starring Lupita Nyong'o, will have its release pushed from March to when Dead Reckoning had been scheduled to open, on June 28, 2024. (More actors strike stories.)

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