Plans to shoot the next two installments of Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” movies back-to-back have reportedly been scrapped because of the many filming delays caused by the pandemic.
Sources told Deadline magazine in a piece published Monday, that the plans to shoot “Mission: Impossible 8” right after “Mission: Impossible 7” have been altered because it’s going to be right up against when the 58-year-old actor reportedly needs to do promotion for “Top Gun: Maverick.” (RELATED: Tom Cruise Apparently Hurt During Filming Of ‘M:I-6’ In London [VIDEO])
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The highly anticipated sequel to the original “Top Gun” film release was delayed a whole year after the pandemic shutdown theaters. The new date is set for July 2. (RELATED: Tom Cruise And Elon Musk Working Together On Movie Being Shot In Space)
And that reportedly is at the same time frame that production was set to get underway for the eighth installment of the Paramount film.
Once the film hits theaters, the “Edge of Tomorrow” star will then be available to get to work on the next “Mission: Impossible” movie.
On Sunday, director Christopher McQuarrie shared the news on social media that the shoot in the Middle East was wrapped and the crew was headed back to London to put on “finishing touches.”
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“Of the many challenges we’ve faced on our journey, none will be greater than outshining the gifts Abu Dhabi has given us,” the director shared.
“And, of course, thanks to our extraordinary local cast, crew and the very fine people of Abu Dhabi,” he added. “We shall most sincerely miss you until we see you again. Now back to London for a few finishing touches. All aboard for our greatest challenge yet…#MI7MI8.”
“Mission: Impossible 7” is set to come out November 19, 2021 following production delays during filming in Italy, the United Kingdom and Norway during the coronavirus outbreak, Fox News reported.