Paramount Pictures has filed a lawsuit against its insurance company for not covering the pandemic-induced losses incurred during the production of its upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer Mission Impossible 7.
The seventh instalment of the popular franchise, written and directed by Christopher Mcquarrie, underwent several shooting halts owing to the outbreak of Covid-19. The suit states that the production of the film was stalled seven times, starting from its first schedule in February 2020, when an individual covered by the insurance fell ill.
As per the lawsuit acquired by Deadline, despite selling Paramount an insurance package that would pay up to $100 million for each single loss, the company had paid only $1 million after categorising “several of Paramount’s losses as subject to only one limited category of coverage and unjustifiably refused to cover other losses altogether.”
“Paramount suffered significant losses and damages covered by the policy when it was forced to suspend and postpone production of Mission Impossible 7 due to closure orders affecting different filming locations, cast illnesses, and the need to protect cast and crew and its locations from exposure to SARS-CoV-2,” the suit read.
Paramount claims that following each of the suspensions in the production, it notified the insurance company of the delay and the losses it would incur due to the interruptions. The costs incurred included “costs to move locations, restart production, and comply with COVID-19-related safety protocols.”
Paramount is now charging the insurance company with breach of contract and demanding damages.
Headlined by Cruise, Mission Impossible 7 will also see the return of several actors from earlier films in the franchise, including Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, and Frederick Schmidt.
The upcoming film will also feature new cast members such as Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, Charles Parnell, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, and Cary Elwes.
As of now, the film is scheduled to release on May 27, 2022.