In an interview to Empire, action maverick Tom Cruise spilled beans on how Mission Impossible 7 was filmed in the COVID-19 pandemic. In the untitled 7th edition of the Mission Impossible franchise, Tom Cruise will be again seen as IMF’s secret agent Ethan Hunt along with his team to save the world from another disaster.
Mission: Impossible 7 is a Hollywood action-thriller film part of the MI franchise. The film is set to star Tom Cruise and will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, veteran action film director who had donned the cap of director for the previous to MI films: Rogue Nation & Fallout.
The film was announced by Cruise himself in January 2019 and was its production was on full-swing until the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world.
In the latest interview with Empire, Cruise shared details on how the film was shot in the pandemic and how challenging it was.
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How did Tom Cruise and MI production team shoot MI: 7 during the COVID-19 pandemic?
In his interview, Cruise said how in his career he has produced around 30-40 films. He said how he knows how he is responsible for thousands of jobs for the films he produces. When the pandemic struck the world, all the people in the Hollywood industry along with the crew of MI were unsure as to how they will be shooting the film.
Cruise said how he took the challenge and told Paramount studio,
“We’re going back. We’re going to get everyone back to work. We’re going to start shooting in the summer. And we’re going to figure out how to do it safely.”
Cruise said how it was a roller-coaster journey with ups and downs. In the interview, Cruise said how he and the crew worked 7 days a week. He also tried to deal with emotions of the people associated with the project and guided them through it.
What kind of safety protocols were observed during Mission Impossible’s shooting?
When it came to safety protocols, Cruise said how social distancing was observed at every point and the crew wore masks at all time. He also said how the crew members were under bio-bubbles. “One make-up artist for every two actors, plus heads of departments staying in hotel rooms on their own, driving to set, shooting the scene and then returning to the hotel until needed – and pods of five people, ready to quarantine if anyone within one contracted the virus,” said Cruise, going in detail about how the project was worked on.
How did Mission Impossible team manage shooting at different locations?
Given how the MI franchise is shot on multiple locations across the world, Cruise said how his team managed to strike strict protocols with insurance companies and worked on laws that are independent to each country where the film was shot.
Being a go-getter himself, Cruise continued to alleviate the skepticism of his team who said how they would not be able to shoot at different locations like Norway, Italy and Abu Dhabi when travel was essentially banned.
“There were times when people said, ‘It’s not going to happen.’ And I just kept saying, ‘It’s happening,”
Thanks to the optimistic approach and all the pragmatic approaches, the project continued. Tom said how every shooting aspect were appropriately etched out. From building safety rigs, to opening up the shops where the construction would take place, everything was planned and executed. Against all odds, the team behind the film triumphed.
How did the team manage paparazzi and trespassers?
Cruise gave his insight on aspect of the film project- making sure trespassers could not see what was behind the veil and leak the pre-production pictures of the film. He said that due to the fact that the sets were too large and open, it was not possible to completely close them off.
Cruise said that the trespassers took advantage of the fact and tried to get in. Due to this the health-and-safety of the crew was about to be compromised. Tom said how on one such incident, he called the police. To make an example out of the two trespassers, he took legal action against them.
Mission: Impossible 7 Release Date
Mission: Impossible 7 was initially slated to be released in November 2021, but the film’s release has been delayed and reports suggest that the film will release in 2022.