Paramount Pictures was one of the first studios to halt production on their major film projects as a portion of Mission: Impossible 7 was set to film in Venice, Italy where the Coronavirus in Europe was spreading rapidly. The studio did the responsible thing and placed production on pause out of concern for the safety of the cast and crew.
While speaking with Variety, franchise actor Simon Pegg has reinforced statements made by first assistant director Tommy Gormley to the BBC’s Radio 4 program Today, that Paramount is planning on getting filming up and running sometime in September. Gormley adding that he’s convinced they could complete production by April or May.
Simon also revealed they’ll be focusing more on the outdoor scenes, to begin with, and isn’t exactly sure how they’ll be executing the testing.
PEGG: “That will begin with the outdoor stuff. That feels fairly doable, and obviously, there will be precautions put in place.”
“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.”
Christopher McQuarrie will be both writing and directing the two untitled sequels that are expected to shoot back-to-back.
Filming in the United Kingdom under the working title “Libra” (Fallout’s working titled was Gemini) was confirmed to take place at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Watford, England.
There was a recent casting shake-up as character actor Esai Morales (Ozark, Titans) has replaced Nicholas Hoult as the film’s villain after Hoult had to bow-out over a scheduling conflict.
The rest of the cast includes Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, and the original film’s cast member Henry Czerny.
The studio had recently bumped the release dates for the pair of action sequels due to the production delays, those new spots in the release calendar are November 19th, 2021, and November 4th, 2022.
SOURCE: BBC & VARIETY