Shoot of 'Mission: Impossible 7' cancelled in Italy due to outbreak of coronavirus

WION Web Team New Delhi Feb 25, 2020, 04.48 PM(IST)

Tom Cruise will once again reprise his role Ethan Hunt in the seventh installment of the film Photograph:( Twitter )

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Paramount announced on Monday, citing the government`s missive to halt public gatherings. 

After 'No Time To Die, another Hollywood film has gotten affected by the recent outbreak of coronavirus. Paramount Pictures has halted the previously scheduled three-week shoot of the much anticipated Tom Cruise starrer `Mission: Impossible 7` in Italy due to the disease.

The studio announced on Monday, citing the government`s missive to halt public gatherings. 

"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,`" Paramount said.

"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."

Earlier, James Bond's 25th film 'No Time To Die' cancelled its promotional tour to Beijing, China due to the disease. China is one of Hollywood's biggest markets and the outbreak of the disease is likely to affect the business of several films. 

Having Christopher McQuarrie at the helm, the upcoming sequel will have 57-year-old Cruise returning as the seemingly indestructible secret agent Ethan Hunt.

The studio has given the upcoming seventh installment of the franchise the release date of July 23, 2021, whereas an eighth installment, will be released on August 5, 2022.