Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible sequels delayed yet again due to COVID

Mission Impossible 7 and 8 with Tom Cruise have been postponed until 2023 and 2024, respectively. This is one of the most significant delays in the 2022 film calendar, as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on both the production and distribution sides of the industry. Mission Impossible 7 was supposed to be released on July 23, 2021, however it was pushed back several times.

Tom Cruise has a reputation for being obsessive about finishing the next two Mission Impossible films and delivering box-office smashes to fans. When Mission Impossible 7 sought to keep production going throughout the first year of the pandemic, Cruise unwittingly let the world know by giving a very angry on-set lecture to crew members about sticking to COVID safety protocols. Since then, Mission Impossible has been beset by production delays, and it’s beginning to feel like one of Hollywood’s legendary cursed films. All in all, Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie wrapped up Mission: Impossible 7 in September and are now working on Mission: Impossible 8.

Furthermore, the 59-year-old actor is said to have paid $700,000 for the actors and crew of the film to live on cruise ships in order to maintain their isolation.

All you need are excellent people, says the author. McQuarrie said on a Facebook post commemorating the conclusion of Mission: Impossible 7. To our irrepressible, unrelenting cast and crew: It should have been impossible even in the best of conditions. We can’t believe what you’ve accomplished even after seeing it. Words will never be enough to express our thanks and admiration for you and your loved ones. You are the most talented person on the planet.

What about the series’ signature death-defying stunts (frequently performed by Cruise himself)? We’ve figured out three obscene things that he’s [Tom Cruise] doing that I’m terrified of, that make the helicopter chase [in Mission: Impossible – Fallout] look like tinker toys, McQuarrie teased.

One stunt, a motorcycle jump, is described as the most risky thing we’ve ever undertaken, according to Cruise. That’s not an empty claim, either: an explosion during that motorcycle stunt caused at least one delay in the filming of Mission: Impossible 7. The postponement comes at a time when domestic film office hits are outnumbering flops when it comes to franchise blockbusters. While Spider-Man: No Way Home has grossed over $703 million in the United States and Canada, no other picture released in 2021 has grossed more than $225 million domestically. 

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