Mission: Impossible 7 shuts down production over positive COVID case

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Mission: Impossible 7 has halted its production after at least one positive coronavirus test.

Shooting on location in the UK, it is unclear if there was more than one positive case on the film set.

The set has been shut down for 14 days (resuming shooting on June 14) so that the cast and crew involved can take the necessary precautions which will include self-isolating as it's not known how many people may have been affected.

Paramount Pictures released a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter), announcing: "We have temporarily halted production on Mission: Impossible 7 until June 14th, due to positive coronavirus test results during routine testing.

Photo credit: Paramount
Photo credit: Paramount

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"We are following all safety protocols and will continue to monitor the situation," it continued.

It hasn't been easy for film and TV productions during the pandemic, with many being delayed and in some cases cancelled. Though this is the second instance in which Mission: Impossible 7 had to halt production, as it was previously shut down in February 2020, when all filming was stopped in the country.

Photo credit: Stefano Mazzola/Awakening - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stefano Mazzola/Awakening - Getty Images

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The franchise's star Tom Cruise (who is also serving as a producer on the project), previously had an on-set rant about coronavirus, losing his temper with crew members who supposedly broke COVID-19 guidelines. The moment of frustration was recorded in an audio file and released to the media.

Cruise addressed the recording during an interview with Empire Magazine, explaining that "I said what I said", he added that at the time there was "a surge" in COVID-19 cases in England.

"There was a lot at stake at that point. But it wasn't my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people," Cruise said.

Mission: Impossible 7 currently has a scheduled release date of May 27, 2022.

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