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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 MAY START SHOOTING IN SEPTEMBER

It’s been three months since production on the seventh Mission:Impossible installment was shut down in Italy over COVID-19 concerns, and according to first assistant director Tommy Gormley, production on the seventh and eighth installments may resume filming in September.

Here’s what Gormley revealed in an interview with BBC Radio 4:

“We hope to restart in September.” Gormley said. “We hope to visit all the countries we planned to. We hope to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio.”

When asked about how difficult it will be to film a high-scale project during the pandemic, he answered, “This is our challenge. We are not a chamber piece movie. We do spectacle, and that is what people expect of us. If we have the protocols in place and we break down all the procedures very carefully…we will get it going again. Some things are very challenging such as stunt scenes, crowd scenes etc. but we can’t do a ‘Mission Impossible’ movie and not have a fight scene or car scenes in it.”

Actor Simon Pegg, who plays Benji Dunn in the franchise, echoed Gormley’s assessments, telling Variety that a September restart is “the plan” for the film. “That will begin with the outdoor stuff,” says Pegg, “That feels fairly doable, and obviously there will be precautions put in place.”

The British actor, who stars in the forthcoming thriller “Inheritance” and recently appeared in Amazon’s “The Boys,” joked that fight scenes would need to be shot “five feet apart.”

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Tom Cruise in a scene from “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” the sixth film in the Mission Impossible franchise. Paramount Pictures on Monday halted production on the seventh “Mission: Impossible” film due to the Coronavirus outbreak, as Hollywood began to more drastically adapt to the growing epidemic. (Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures and Skydance via AP)

However, asked about the logistics of resuming production on the action film, Pegg said, “People that are involved in any close proximity stuff, it will have to be determined that they’re safe to do that. I don’t know what the testing situation is, how that works, or whether they’ll be able to be tested regularly.”

Joining Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell are returning Mission: Impossible alums Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep), Simon Pegg (Ready Player One), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Vanessa Kirby (Hobbs & Shaw) and Henry Czerny (Ready or Not) along with newcomers Shea Whigham (Joker), Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War) and Esai Morales (La Bamba, Titans) who will replace Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) for the villain role.

Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed Rogue Nation and Fallout will write and direct the next two films. Mission: Impossible 7 is set to premiere on November 19, 2021 followed by Mission: Impossible 8 on November 4, 2022.

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