The shooting of Tom Cruise’s highly-anticipated action film “Mission: Impossible 7” has been halted after a routine test revealed a positive COVID-19 case on set. Filming on the sequel will be put on hold for 14 days while individuals engaged self-isolate, according to a spokesperson for the Paramount and Skydance production. “Due to positive coronavirus test findings during normal testing, we have temporarily paused production on Mission: Impossible 7 until June 14th. In a statement to Variety, the spokesperson added, “We are following all safety protocols and will continue to monitor the situation.”
Filming for the final iteration had to be halted in Italy last February due to a virus outbreak in the country. The film was supposed to be shot in Venice for three weeks, but the preparations were canceled.
The incident comes nearly six months after an audio recording of Cruise berating members of the crew for allegedly failing to meet COVID-19 requirements was leaked. One of the first big Hollywood projects to be harmed by the coronavirus pandemic was “Mission: Impossible 7.”
Production started again in September, this time in Italy and Norway, before moving to London in early December. Tommy Gormley, the first assistant director, had remarked, “We were days away from shooting in Venice, and because we were right in the middle of it when it all started, we had to shut down in Venice. We hope to visit all of the places we planned to visit, as well as spend a significant amount of time on the backlot and in the studio in the UK, so September through late April/May are our goal. We are confident in our abilities.”
Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, and Esai Morales star in “Mission: Impossible 7,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie.