The pneumonia-like disease known as the COVID-19, first detected in China in December last year, has hit Italy in a major way. The outbreak has put parts of the country into lockdown, with over 200 confirmed cases and seven deaths. In the wake of this, shooting for the seventh Mission Impossible film starring Tom Cruise and scheduled for a July release next year has been halted, Deadline reported Monday.
The crew was reportedly set to start filming in Venice for three weeks before concern from the city's government forced a change of plans.
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"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," reads Paramount's statement.
"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," the statement reads.
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Mission: Impossible 7 hit by Coronavirus. The shooting of the feature film, which was to take place for three weeks in Venice, has just been interrupted due to the epidemic, as reported by the Deadline site. While Italy is the European country most affected by the Coronavirus, the Venetian authorities have put an end to all public gatherings, including the seventh installment of the franchise led by Tom Cruise , which was not yet arrived there.
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films In a press release, Paramount studios declare that they have changed the shooting plan for Mission: Impossible 7 "as a precaution" , as well as "for security and the well-being " of the actors and the team. "During this interruption, we wish to be concerned about the concerns of the team and authorize the members of the latter to return to their homes until the start of production" , they said. "We will continue to monitor this situation by working alongside official health officials and the government."
The hexagonal release of the feature film Mission: Impossible 7 is scheduled for July 21, 2021.
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