Due to a recent COVID-19, or coronavirus, outbreak in Italy, film production of “Mission: Impossible 7” has been put on hold.
The studio was scheduled to do a three-week shoot in Venice, Italy, but a surge in coronavirus cases in the country has forced plans to change. As of Tuesday afternoon, Italian officials confirmed that 322 have been infected with the virus, resulting in 10 deaths.
According to Variety magazine, Paramount Pictures announced the delay Monday following the Venetian government’s memo to halt public gatherings.
“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,'” the studio said. “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.”
Tom Cruise, who plays the franchise’s lead character, Ethan Hunt, a seemingly indestructible Impossible Mission Force Agent, had reportedly not landed in Italy before the announcement was made.
The seventh film in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is scheduled for release in July 2021.