Paramount Pictures has announced via TheHollywoodReporter that they’ve halted production on Mission: Impossible 7’s planned Italy leg of the production, which would take place in Venice due to concerns of the safety of the cast and crew potentially contracting the coronavirus.
“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7,” a spokesperson for Paramount Pictures told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.
“During this hiatus we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”
Using the working title Libra production on Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 will be primarily taking place at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Watford, England.
The same location previously used by director Christopher McQuarrie for his last two installments in the Mission: Impossible franchise.
The coronavirus could have more implications in the future with studios using multiple international locations for both television and film, being on the safe side isn’t the worst idea given how many people are involved with these productions during filming.
The growing cast the includes Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson (Dune, Doctor Sleep), Vanessa Kirby (Hobbs & Shaw), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter, Captain America: The First Avenger), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2, Avengers: Infinity War), Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: First Class, Those Who Wish Me Dead), and Shea Whigham (Agent Carter).
It was recently announced that Henry Czerny, who played Eugene Kittridge in the original film would be making a return.
Mission: Impossible 7 is set for release on July 31st, 2021 and Mission: Impossible 8 on August 5th, 2022.
Ethan Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER