The films Top Gun and Mission: Impossible have been postponed due to an increase in covid in the United States

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Due to an increase in US Covid-19 instances induced by the Delta variation, Tom Cruise’s films Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 have been postponed.

Movie producers are worried that the highly contagious variety would put people off going to the movies.

The Top Gun sequel has been pushed back six months to May of next year, while Mission: Impossible 7 has been pushed back from May to September of that year.

The comedy Jackass Forever has also been postponed by the studio.

The shock comedy franchise starring Johnny Knoxville will now be released in February of next year, a four-month delay.

Cruise reprises his role as US Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, alongside Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, and Miles Teller, in Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to the enormously successful 1986 action film.

Cruise will feature as special agent Ethan Hunt in the seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, alongside co-stars Hayley Atwell, Simon Pegg, and Vanessa Kirby.

Because of the epidemic, both films have been continually delayed, and shooting on Mission: Impossible 7 in the United Kingdom was halted for two weeks in June due to positive Covid tests among the team.

Cruise is also a producer on the action spy series, and a recording surfaced last year of him yelling at set workers and threatening to terminate them if they breached rules.

According to government numbers, the daily case average of Covid in the United States earlier this week was 160,041. Because of the epidemic, several other movies have been postponed or relocated to streaming, but others, like Black Widow, Fast & Furious 9, and Suicide Squad, have finally hit theatres in recent months.

The next James Bond film had been rumoured to be postponed for the fourth time, but its studio has committed to releasing it in theatres on September 30.

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