Mission Impossible VII Filming on Pause due to Coronavirus
Filming of Mission Impossible VII in Italy has been paused due to concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. Shooting on the 7th film in the series was due to take place in Venice over the coming weeks. But Paramount has halted production after Italy recorded the worst outbreak of coronavirus in Europe. There have been more than 200 cases in the country so far. Which includes seven deaths.
Tom Cruise Not Present at the Shoot
Tom Cruise was not in Italy for the shoot, but the production crew was sent home.
“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,” Paramount said in a statement.
Difficulties the Mission Impossible Franchise Has Faced
During promotion for Mission Impossible III, an advertising firm placed digital devices in 4,500 newspaper vending boxes in Los Angeles. These devices played the movie’s theme tune aloud when the door was opened. But some members of the public mistook the devices for bombs. An LA hospital was even evacuated for 90 minutes because of the apparent threat.
One scene in the first movie was shot outside the Liechtenstein Palace in Prague. But it turned out to be a far more expensive location than originally thought. Authorities initially quoted the filmmakers $2,000 (£1,540) per day. However, when they turned up to shoot on the day the team was told the new price would be $23,200 (£17,860) per day.
Tom Cruise has performed many of his own stunts during filming, but he’s occasionally been injured in the process. The actor cracked a couple of ribs while shooting Mission: Impossible 3.