Mission: Impossible 7: Tom Cruise 'to build a COVID-free village for crew' in Oxfordshire to resume filming in September


Good news for fans across the globe! Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible 7 will resume filming in September. The film's release has been delayed from July 2021 to November 19, 2021, after the coronavirus pandemic forced MI7 to relocate from Venice to the UK, and eventually halt production indefinitely.  First assistant director Tommy Gormley said on Tuesday that Paramount is hoping to restart work on the film this autumn, and "visit all the countries" where they originally planned to film scenes, as reported by a leading daily. 

But the new development to the news is, Cruise is reportedly planning to build a ‘coronavirus-free village for the cast and crew of so that they can complete the shoot of the film without contracting the virus.' The actor and producer, 57, and his cast will reportedly stay in VIP Winnebago trailers in a makeshift village at an abandoned RAF site in Oxfordshire so they can work through scenes in a bubble and protect the crew from catching COVID.  

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A source quoted, "It's also tough to get hotel rooms at the moment as most of them are shut for the foreseeable future, so it was this or delay things for even longer, it will mean some of the world's biggest stars all living together in a posh campsite while working alongside the rest of the team. It's pricey but Tom always does things bigger and better than anyone, and there's a hell of a lot riding on this film, the 'Mission: Impossible' movies are all massive box office successes and the studio is right behind getting this back on track."  The source further stressed that the film has already been heavily delayed and there's no sign of things going totally back to normal any time soon, so this is a way to try to get things up and moving again quickly and safely.

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Gormley, in an interview, stated, "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. 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." Gormley went onto hint that "tens of thousands" of film industry staff needed to return to work, after almost all Hollywood films were put on hold as COVID-19 continued to spread. He added, "We have to do it safely and protect our colleagues, but it is definitely possible and we're working flat out to make it happen."

Mission: Impossible 7 also stars Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Kirby and Rebecca Ferguson. The film which is being helmed by filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, was slated to release on July 23, 2021. The release impacted due to the pandemic will open in theatres on November 19, 2021.

(Source: The Sun, IANS)