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Tom Cruise Opens Up On Why 'Top Gun: Maverick' Wasn't Sent For Direct OTT Release

Tom Cruise Opens Up On Why 'Top Gun: Maverick' Wasn't Sent For Direct OTT Release

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Cannes, May 19 - Tom Cruise, arguably one of the biggest movie stars in the world, has returned to the big screen with "Top Gun: Maverick", a sequel to his 1986's film. The movie smashed records box office records as it turned out to be the biggest opening ever for Tom Cruise with $126.7 million domestically and over $250 million worldwide.

"Top Gun: Maverick", directed by Joseph Kosinski, was supposed to release in July 2020, but was forced to postpone due to the covid-19 pandemic. It was later announced for a 2021 release which was also differed by the pandemic and now, and finally, it hit theaters on May 27th.

During the pandemic, most of the films that were ready to release took the direct digital route. The cruise was also asked the question whether he ever thought of going online way to release the "Top Gun" sequel, as it was already delayed multiple times.

"That's not going to happen. Ever", Cruise had said during Cannes Film Festival (via Variety).

The audience at the Grand Palais' Debussy theater applauded loudly. Cruise explained further, "I've spent a lot of time with theater owners. The people that serve the popcorn, the ones who make this [happen]". The actor said he called movie theater owners with a message, "Please, I know what you're going through. Just know we are making 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Top Gun' is coming out".

While explaining his reasons, Cruise said that he doesn't design his movies to be streamed on Netflix or Amazon Prime. He wants the high-flying action to unfold on the widest canvas possible. "I make movies for the big screen", he said.

Produced by Skydance Media, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and released by Paramount Pictures, "Top Gun: Maverick" stars Tom Cruise as Captain Peter "Maverick" Mitchell, a test pilot, alongside Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer. Cruise and Kilmer reprise their roles from the first film. Top Gun: Maverick is dedicated to Top Gun director Tony Scott, who died in 2012.

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