'Mission: Impossible VII' Halts Production in Italy Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Three-week shoot planned in Venice was stopped following over 150 confirmed cases of the virus

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Production on the Tom Cruise action film “Mission: Impossible VII” has stopped production in Venice, Italy following the outbreak of over 150 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country, a spokesperson for studio Paramount Pictures told TheWrap.

The seventh film in the franchise was meant to shoot for three weeks in Venice. Christopher McQuarrie is directing “M:I VII.” The spokesperson added that Cruise had not traveled to Italy.

“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. 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,” a Paramount spokesperson said in a statement.

“Mission: Impossible VII” is due in theaters on July 23, 2021, and the eighth film, which is being shot concurrently, will be released on Aug. 5, 2022.

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