Tom Cruise in a scene from "Mission: Impossible - Fallout." AP
A planned three-week shoot in Italy for Tom Cruise's new "Mission: Impossible" film has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, movie studio Paramount Pictures said on Monday.
Filming was due to have started on Monday in Venice, where the final two days of the lagoon city's annual Carnival festival was cancelled on Sunday. New coronavirus cases climbed above 220 on Monday as Italy shut down much of its wealthy north to curb the disease's spread.
"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 Pictures, a unit of ViacomCBS, said in a statement.
The studio said it was allowing the film crew to return home during the delay and that it would "continue to monitor this situation" in Italy.
The studio did not say when it now expects production to start.
The seventh instalment of the lucrative action movie franchise is expected to be released in July 2021, with an eighth set for 2022. Cruise will reprise his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in both movies with Christopher McQuarrie returning as director.
The "Mission: Impossible" movies are one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood, with 2018's "Mission: Impossible-Fallout" taking more than $791 million at the worldwide box office.
Hollywood star Tom Cruise is reportedly planning to build a 'coronavirus-free village for the cast and crew of "Mission: Impossible 7" so that they can complete the shoot of the film without contracting the virus.
This was reported by the British tabloid newspaper The Sun. Several cities in Europe figure among the shooting locations
According to a source, the 57-year-old will not change the location and is determined to complete the shoot in Venice, reports a section of the media.
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