Filming for the newest film in the “Mission Impossible” franchise has been halted for two weeks after several members of the production team were found with COVID-19, Paramount Pictures studio officials were quoted as saying by Reuters. The film studio did not reveal the identity or number of the infected people.
American star Tom Cruise would not be among them, the British press reports. “We temporarily stopped production on ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ until June 14 due to positive test results. We respect all security protocols and continue to monitor the situation, “Paramount studio officials said in a statement, according to Agerpres.
14 people from the production team were tested positive for the new coronavirus after filming a sequence in a nightclub, notes the tabloid press in Great Britain, citing sources to whom it did not reveal its identity. Tom Cruise, like other team members, will have to face a 14-day quarantine period.
A spokesman for the actor, who is also the producer of the film, was not immediately available to comment on the matter.
“Mission: Impossible” is one of the most important franchises in Hollywood. The seventh film in the series was among the first films to stop production due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stopping filming in Venice in February 2020.
Filming resumed last year in countries including Norway, Italy and the United Kingdom. In December last year, an audio recording was released in which actor Tom Cruise was yelling at some members of the film crew for violating anti-COVID-19 security protocols.
The movie “Mission: Impossible 7” will be released on the big screens in May 2022.