Italy: Tom Cruise was recently filming in the region, but has packed up. Paramount Pictures planned a three-week shoot in Venice, with Tom Cruise (57) in the leading role. Citing safety and well-being of the crew, filming has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus inoutbreak in Italy.
The epicenter of the outbreak is in northern Italy, and the number of confirmed cases hit at least 229 by Monday.
“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,” a spokesperson for Paramount, the studio behind the “Mission” franchise, told The Hollywood Reporter in a 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.”
Tom Cruise had not yet landed in Italy, so he’s safe folks. Don’t worry.
The upcoming “Mission: Impossible” film is scheduled for a July 23, 2021 release.