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Next Mission: Impossible delayed a year as actors strike drags on

The eighth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise has been postponed a year, signalling a new wave of release schedule juggling for Hollywood studios as the actors strike surpasses three months of work stoppage.

Paramount Pictures on Monday (Oct 23) shifted the release date of Dead Reckoning – Part Two from Jun 28 to May 23, 2025. Production on the second part of Christopher McQuarrie’s Dead Reckoning was paused in July while Tom Cruise and company embarked on an international promotion blitz for Part One.

That film ultimately grossed US$567.5 million (S$775.8 million) worldwide, falling shy of 2018 installment Fallout (US$791.7 million globally) and the heady highs of Cruise’s summer 2022 blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick (US$1.5 billion). The 163-minute-long action thriller, drew some of the best reviews of the 27-year-old movie franchise, but was quickly eclipsed by the box-office juggernauts of Barbie and Oppenheimer.

As Hollywood’s labour turmoil has continued, it’s 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 on 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 Jun 28.

Negotiations between the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the studios are scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

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