Due to the global health crisis, film and television production came to a halt across the world including the upcoming Christopher McQuarrie-directed sequels, Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8.
However, according to the first assistant director on Mission: Impossible 7, Tommy Gormley, production is hoping to restart this coming September following the publication of British Film Commission safety protocols – which stated guidelines for resuming film production in the U.K.
“We hope to start shooting again in September. We were days from shooting in Venice — we were right at the epicentre when it all kicked off — so we had to shut down in Venice where we were four or five days from shooting,” Gormley told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“We hope to restart in September, we hope to visit all the countries we planned to and look to do a big chunk of it back in the UK on the backlot and in the studio, so September through to end April/May is our targets. We are convinced we can do this.”
Production on the Tom Cruise-led franchise was originally halted back in late February just days before the cast and crew were preparing to shoot scenes in Venice. At the time, it was emerging that Italy was the epicentre in Europe.
Although the crew is confident they can resume safe production in September, due to this delay, Mission: Impossible 7 – which was originally dated for July 23rd, 2021 – is now set to premiere on November 19th, 2021. Meanwhile, Mission: Impossible 8 which previously had a release date of August 5th, 2022, will release a couple of months later in the fall on November 4th, 2022.
Featuring in the cast of the spy sequels are returning stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Henry Czerny, along with new additions Hayley Atwell (Avengers: Endgame), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Esai Morales (Titans), and Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire).