Paramount seems adamant that it won’t be selling Top Gun: Maverick to a streaming service, as it plans for its July release.

We’re in the aftermath of another host of movie release date delays, with the likes of No Time To Die and Peter Rabbit 2 for a start experiencing further postponements of their release dates. But Hollywood is now gambling that some kind of normality will return come this summer. That the hopes it he global vaccination effort against Covid-19 will have taken effect, and the pandemic that has dominated headlines for the last year will have loosened its grip.

Paramount Pictures has been a studio willing to change its plans with its releases over the past year or two, selling some of its big titles to streaming services (the Eddie Murphy-headlined sequel Coming 2 America will debut on Amazon’s Prime Video in March, following a $125m deal). Yet the one movie it’s refused to sell is the Tom Cruise-headlined Top Gun: Maverick.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has doubled down on the fact that Top Gun: Maverick will debut on the big screen – even though it’ll have its Paramount+ streaming service up and running by the time of its planned July release date.

Chris Aronson, the president of distribution at the studio, has affirmed that “we have no plans to move our theatrical release of Top Gun”. He added that “I think the next two months are critical, and whether the new administration can implement a robust vaccination plan. If Biden’s 100 million vaccines in 100 days works, then I think we’ll be in good shape”.

There had been reports that streaming services had expressed interest in taking Top Gun: Maverick, but this is the one movie Paramount is refusing to sell. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see it on the big screen this summer. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more…

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