Tom Cruise has reportedly made plans to build a COVID-free village to have the cast and crew isolate together while filming Mission: Impossible 7.
Mission: Impossible 7 has been delayed from its initial release date from July 2021 to November 19, 2021. The filming process was originally meant to begin in Venice in February, with stars like Ethan Hunt frontman Tom, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Kirby, and Rebecca Ferguson taking on their well-known roles.
The coronavirus pandemic forced the film to relocate from Venice to the UK, and eventually lead to the pause of the production as producers sent everyone home.
Tom Cruise has reportedly taken over a makeshift village at an abandoned RAF site in Oxfordshire and gotten VIP Winnebago trailers for the cast and crew to live in during the filming process.
A source told The Sun, “The film has already been heavily delayed and there’s no sign of things going totally back to normal any time soon, so this is a way to try to get things up and moving again quickly and safely.”
“It will mean some of the world’s biggest stars all living together in a posh campsite while working alongside the rest of the team.”
“It’s pricey but Tom always does things bigger and better than anyone, and there’s a hell of a lot riding on this film.”
“The Mission: Impossible movies are all massive box office successes and the studio is right behind getting this back on track,” the source added.
Tom Cruise plans to have this village to ensure everyone is safe in isolation with each other in a COVID-free environment and that they can finish off what they started with this film series.
First assistant director Tommy Gormley said speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Tuesday morning that “[They] hope to start shooting again in September.”
“We were days from shooting in Venice – we were right at the epicenter when it all kicked off – so we had to shut down in Venice where we were four or five days from shooting,” Gormley said.
Tom Cruise and the cast had to hole up in one of Venice’s luxury hotels in February after action scenes on the gondola boats could not go ahead as planned due to the coronavirus spreading across Italy at a rapid rate.
“We hope to visit all the countries we planned to and look to do a big chunk of it back in the UK on the backlot and in the studio, so September through to end April/May is our targets. We are convinced we can do this.”
“We have to do it safely and protect our colleagues, but it is definitely possible and we’re working flat out to make it happen,” Gormley added.
It can definitely be seen that Tom Cruise along with the rest of the cast and crew are excited to get working on the seventh addition to the film series.