Tom Cruise's Top Gun: Maverick Pushed Back to November, Mission: Impossible 7 Set for 2022

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Tom Cruise's Top Gun: Maverick Pushed Back to November, Mission: Impossible 7 Set for 2022
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Tom Cruise's anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick won't be making it to theaters this summer.

The actor's sequel to his iconic 1986 film will now debut in theaters on Nov. 19 from its intended July 2 debut.

Cruise's other anticipated sequel, Mission: Impossible 7, was set to premiere in theaters on Nov. 19 but is now slated for May 27, 2022, while Mission: Impossible 8 is now set for July 7, 2023, instead of Nov. 4, 2022, Paramount revealed Friday.

Mission: Impossible 7 will have a permanent home on Paramount+ after its 45-day theatrical run.

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Cruise has been hard at work on filming the upcoming installments in the Mission: Impossible franchise while strictly following COVID-19 protocol on set.

In December, leaked audio of the star yelling at two crew members for reportedly violating COVID-19 precautions during the filming of Mission: Impossible 7 surprised those who listened.

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Production sources told PEOPLE at the time Cruise was feeling the pressure of making back-to-back blockbusters amid the pandemic.

"It's hard to [describe] how incredibly intense and focused he is on making every movie the absolute best possible," a U.K.-based production source of Cruise, 58, said. "The Mission: Impossible movies are very special to him. They are 'his' movies. Tom helped set up the COVID protocol. Of course, he takes it personally when the protocol is broken."

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"In all the years of filming the Mission: Impossible franchise, no one has ever even heard Tom raise his voice," added the source. "He is usually just laser-focused on filming. This movie is very different though. He has to film while making sure everyone stays safe."

A separate film industry source noted that Cruise "is a perfectionist and he wants others to follow suit."

"Tom's whole life is his work," said the source. "When he sees something less than professional, he wants to make it right."