"Top Gun: Maverick" on Canal +: Tom Cruise chose the film's broadcast date himself

“Top Gun: Maverick” on Canal +: Tom Cruise chose the film’s broadcast date himself

It will be a Christmas gift for our subscribers“proudly announced Gérald-Brice Viret, the director of programs and antennas of the Canal + group, at the microphone of franceinfo a few weeks ago. This Thursday, December 22, 2022, from 9:10 p.m., the encrypted channel will offer its subscribers to discover “Top Gun: Maverick”. An event so much the sequel to the cult film which had revealed Tom Cruise in 1986 made the box office counters soar.

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With more than 6.7 million admissions in France and 1.48 billion dollars in revenue, “Top Gun 2” has become the biggest success of the year but also of the career of the 60-year-old American actor. . A success that the actor has carefully orchestrated. Very involved in this sequel, Tom Cruise even “choose the release date” of the film on Canal+ according to Gérald-Brice Viret.

“A little sentence in Tom Cruise’s contract” that changed everything

It’s quite anecdotal but it’s the first time the star of the film has chosen his release date. We have a six-month contract with Paramount, we were starting to program the film for Christmas when we read a small sentence in the contract: “Tom Cruise must decide and validate the broadcast date” with us. We called Tom Cruise and he validated the broadcast date on Canal+. It is validated and programmed by Tom Cruise who was the programmer for Canal+”, he told the microphone of Célyne Baÿt-Darcourt.

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36 years after the first installment, “Top Gun: Maverick” sees pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell return to service for a special mission. Tasked with training a detachment of young Top Gun school graduates, Maverick will meet Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of his late friend, navigator Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. Haunted by his ghosts, Maverick will have to face his worst nightmares during a mission that will require the greatest of sacrifices.

There’s something about this movie that made people happyconfided in early December to puremedias.com Frédéric Moget, CEO of Paramount France. When it came out, we realized that it was really a feel-good movie, that people were leaving theaters with a smile. It reminded us, us studios, that our job is to give pleasure to people. It’s not nothing”.

“The impact of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ on the popularity of Tom Cruise is real”

However, a third part would not be on the agenda. “Tom Cruise has always said he waited until he had the right story to tell before embarking on a sequel. To be honest, there’s no indication yet of a ‘Top Gun 3’ coming out. day”, explained the general manager of Paramount France, hoping to surf on the popularity of Tom Cruise in 2023 with the release of a seventh installment of the saga “Mission Impossible”. “Obviously, for us, the goal is for ‘Mission Impossible 7’ to become the franchise’s biggest hit. The impact of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ on Tom Cruise’s popularity is real. Our goal is to convert the success of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ with this new film“.

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