The filming of Mission: Impossible 7, the American spy film starring Tom Cruise, was temporarily suspended in the UK on Thursday after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
According to the report by The Hollywood Reporter, the statement from Paramount Pictures read, “We have temporarily halted production on Mission: Impossible 7 until June 14th, due to positive coronavirus test results during routine testing. We are following all safety protocols and will continue to monitor the situation.”
While those involved in the production have been isolated, it is unclear how many people tested positive.
The film’s production began in February 2020 in Venice but was soon halted in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The shoot resumed following the lockdown relaxations in September 2020.
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In December 2020, an audio clip of Cruise reprimanding some crew members for flouting Covid-19 protocols was released online. Cruise was heard warning the staff that they would be fired if they did not follow the protocols. Celebrities like Hilarie Bruton, Paula Pell, Josh Gad appreciated Cruise for his concern about following the preventive measures.
The seventh instalment of the Mission Impossible series is written and directed by Christopher Mcquarrie. The film will 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. The actors from the previous franchises including Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, and Frederick Schmidt will be part of Mission: Impossible 7.
Mission: Impossible 7 was initially set to release on July 23 and was then postponed to November 19. In April, the film’s production house Paramount Pictures announced that the film would release on May 27, 2022 and it will have its digital premiere on Paramount+ in July.
According to a report by Variety, Paramount has delayed the release dates for 10 films, including major films like Top Gun: Maverick, Dungeons & Dragons. Besides, the release of Mission: Impossible’s eighth instalment has been pushed to July 27, 2023