The new “Mission: Impossible” film has been halted due to positive COVID-19
tests, confirming a fear expressed by star Tom Cruise
last year when he went ballistic over lax on-set behavior.
“We have temporarily halted production on Mission: Impossible 7
until June 14th due to positive coronavirus
test results during routine testing,” Paramount said in a statement to The Hollywood
Reporter on Thursday, adding, “We are following all safety protocols and will continue to monitor the situation.”
The most recent installment, starring Cruise as agent Ethan Hunt, has encountered difficult sledding in the pandemic
, having stopped production in February 2020 as COVID-19 emerged, resumed in September, and was briefly delayed in October when 12 crew members tested positive. In December, tape emerged of Cruise yelling at staff for violating safety guidelines.
“We're creating thousands of jobs
, you motherfuckers, and I don't want to see it again, ever!” he screamed.
The movie was supposed to be released in May 2022.