Mission: Impossible 7, the long-running sequel plagued by multiple delays due to the coronavirus, has just been postponed again… due to the coronavirus. Shooting of the film in the UK has been completely halted after at least one member reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. Additional details are scarce and it’s unclear how many people in total have tested positive, but filming will stop for at least 14 days so those involved can self-isolate.
“We have temporarily stopped production on Mission: Impossible 7 until June 14, due to positive coronavirus test results during routine testing. We are following all safety protocols and will continue to monitor the situation,” a production statement read.
The delay is another setback for a production that has had a lot of trouble keeping filming going. It was originally scheduled to begin shooting in February 2020 before being delayed due to the pandemic. What followed in the months that followed were seemingly more problems each time production got going again, particularly with people involved testing positive for the virus. Needless to say, this new delay is nothing out of the ordinary for the project, but it must have been frustrating for those involved who just wanted the film finished.
Of course, there may be no one more annoyed by this information than the film’s protagonist, Tom Cruise. After going to great lengths to keep production safe, Cruise was recorded in December shouting at crew members on set for allegedly violating COVID-19 protocols. Some fans and other celebrities actually supported Cruise in the situation, believing he was rightfully angry that crew members were not taking the virus seriously, even after the film had already suffered multiple delays.
“I said what I said,” Cruise said of his behavior in a later interview with Empire magazine. “There was a lot at stake at the time. But it wasn’t all my crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just selected people… All those emotions went through my head. And for the whole crew to knowing we had started rolling a movie was just a huge relief…
Mission: Impossible 7 comes from Paramount and Skydance. Cruise, J.J. Abrams, David Ellison, Jake Myers and Christopher McQuarrie produce. McQuarrie also serves as a writer and director having previously supervised the earlier episodes Rogue Nation (2015) and precipitation (2018). He also plans to direct the planned eighth installment of the long-running action film series, if production ever ends on the seventh film. Time will tell about that.
Currently, Mission: Impossible 7 is scheduled for release on May 27, 2022. In addition to Cruise returning as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Esai Morales, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, Angela Bassett, Ving Rhames, Simon will star in the sequel. Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, Frederick Schmidt, Cary Elwes and Henry Czerny. This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.
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