Director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise are eyeing up a Polish bridge to explode for the seventh Mission: Impossible movie.
Set to resume production in September following the pandemic-imposed hiatus, M:I7 will take Cruise's irrepressible man of action Ethan Hunt on a more "emotional journey" than usual, but there's still going to be loads of blockbusting sequences to enjoy.
However, the fact that this bridge (constructed in the village of Pilchowice) is 111-years-old has made their idea a little problematic with the locals, while the Silesian Monument Conserver also intends to list it as a monument and effectively put an end to their plans.
However, via The First News, it seems Poland's deputy culture minister Pawel Lewandowski is far more on board with the filmmakers' vision.
He told Wirtualna Polska portal: "I would not be fixated on the fact that the Pilchowicki Bridge is a monument. It stands in ruins and has no value. Not all old things are monuments. The law clearly states that a monument is only that which has social, artistic or scientific value.
"In art and culture, that value only emerges when there is a relation between the cultural object and people. So if an object is unused, unavailable, it has no such value. Therefore it is not a monument."
Lewandowski went on to suggest "only a small part" of the bridge will be destroyed during the shoot, while he also believes that the movie producers could provide funds to rebuild the structure.
"If a large American producer wants to come to us, we are waiting for him with open arms."
Mission: Impossible 7 currently has a release date of November 19, 2021, with an eighth movie pencilled in for 2022.
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