Mission: Impossible – Fallout is one of the best movies of 2018 and is definitely one of the best action movies of all time. So, you can imagine the hype around its sequels because all people could think that how is the franchise going to take action filmmaking to the next level after what they did in Fallout. But then the coronavirus scare came down upon us and delayed all plans for Mission: Impossible 7.
Back in February, it was announced that Paramount Picture is delaying its three-week shoot in Venice, Italy because it was (And probably still is) one of the biggest COVID-19 hotspots. Then in April, the production house stated that it is officially moving its release date from July 23, 2021 to November 19, 2021. In addition to that, they pushed back the release date of Mission: Impossible 8 from August 5, 2022 to November 4, 2022. Now, Variety is reporting that shooting for the movie is going to resume from September, 2020.
Simon Pegg, the actor who plays Benji in the Mission: Impossible franchise said,
“That will begin with the outdoor stuff. That feels fairly doable, and obviously there will be precautions put in place. People that are involved in any close proximity stuff, it will have to be determined that they’re safe to do that. I don’t know what the testing situation is, how that works, or whether they’ll be able to be tested regularly.”
Mission: Impossible – 7‘s first assistant director Tommy Gormley said,
“We hope to restart in September. We hope to visit all the countries we planned to. We hope to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio. This is our challenge. We are not a chamber piece movie. We do spectacle, and that is what people expect of us. If we have the protocols in place and we break down all the procedures very carefully…we will get it going again. Some things are very challenging such as stunt scenes, crowd scenes etc. but we can’t do a ‘Mission Impossible’ movie and not have a fight scene or car scenes in it.”
Other films that are resuming shoot due to relaxed norms from Governments are The Batman, Fantastic Beasts 3 and many other that were supposed to be shot in Georgia, Spain, Britain, etc. The Maharashtra Government has also given the permission to shoot movies and TV shows while following social distancing norms. However, although I am a huge fan of movies and TV shows, I don’t think this is safe. Until and unless we bring down the number of cases significantly or come up with a cure/vaccine, we shouldn’t reopen businesses that involve a large number of people. That’s just my opinion.
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