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Mission: Impossible Movie Shoot in Italy Delayed By Coronavirus

A planned three-week shoot in Italy for Tom Cruise’s new “Mission: Impossible” film has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Image Source: The Strait Times

According to the report of The Straits Times, movie studio Paramount Pictures announces on Monday, February 24, that the shoot of Tom Cruise’s new movie was postponed due to coronavirus outbreak.

Filming was due to have started on Monday in Venice, where the final two days of the lagoon city’s annual Carnival festival was canceled on Sunday. New coronavirus cases climbed above 220 on Monday as Italy shut down much of its wealthy north to curb the disease’s spread.

“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,” Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom CBS, said in a statement.

The studio said it was allowing the film crew to return home during the delay and that it would “continue to monitor this situation” in Italy. The studio did not say when it now expects production to start.

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Image Source: Tom Cruice Instagram

Base on the report, while some productions have since continued since actors cannot wear masks during takes, shooting teams have been advised to remain small, limiting their crews to under 20 people when possible, according to a report from Variety.

It is unclear if this delay will impact the release date for “Mission: Impossible VII,” which is currently set for July 23, 2021, or it’s budget. The previous film in the franchise “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” cost around $180 million to make, not including its marketing spend.

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