Mission: Impossible sequel and The Batman allowed to resume filming in U.K.

Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman are among the big screen projects given the green light to resume filming in the U.K.The latest instalment of the spy thriller franchise, starring Tom Cruise, was due to begin a filming in the Italian city of Venice…

Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman are among the big screen projects given the green light to resume filming in the U.K.

The latest instalment of the spy thriller franchise, starring Tom Cruise, was due to begin a filming in the Italian city of Venice when the outbreak hit Europe back in February, and was shut down.

Director Christopher McQuarrie had planned to resume filming in September, but after Cruise personally spoke with British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, it was decided that the cast and crew could avoid the required 14-day quarantine period, and begin filming as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, The Batman was mid-production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire when it was shut down, with stars including Robert Pattinson, who is making his highly-anticipated debut as the Caped Crusader, flying back to the U.S.

At a recent press conference, Dowden announced he would be allowing filming to continue once more as they would be exempt from quarantine travel restrictions, introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19.

As part of the exemption, cast and crewmembers must abide by rules to remain in a “bubble” environment, staying in and around the production area for the duration of the shoot.

“The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain,” Dowden shared. “Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in-demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy.

“We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again,” he added.

Other major projects set to move into production or continue filming as a result of the ruling include Jurassic World: Dominion, Fantastic Beasts 3, and the live action Disney remakes of Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.

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Simon Pegg unsure how Mission: Impossible shoot will work without Covid-19 vaccine

Simon Pegg doesn’t know how production on Mission: Impossible 7 will work in accordance with new social distancing guidelines. Back in February, cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut …

Simon Pegg doesn’t know how production on Mission: Impossible 7 will work in accordance with new social distancing guidelines.

Back in February, cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. First assistant director Tommy Gormley recently stated that filming will be able to resume in September, but Pegg, who plays Benji Dunn in the popular movies, doesn’t know how they’ll be able to pull off certain scenes while abiding by the new protocols.

“On The Mandalorian, the Star Wars TV show, they do it all on a sound stage, using technology that Jon Favreau pioneered when he did The Jungle Book. It’s incredible, because it really does look like on location, so I suppose there’s that way. Or we have to do testing, or wait for a vaccine…” he said to Britain’s The Observer, suggesting ways to get around it.

Pegg also believes that filming will start with the big exterior action scenes before the crew figure out how to film conversational, indoor scenes.

It was recently rumoured that leading man Tom Cruise had flown into the U.K. to build a quarantine village at a Royal Air Force (RAF) site in Oxfordshire, England, and believing the tabloid reports, the Shaun of the Dead actor text his director Christopher McQuarrie, who denied it.

Explaining the difficulties in filming the action blockbuster, Pegg said: “Everything is so huge on Mission: Impossible, it’s like marshalling an army. I love doing those big movies, because they’re fun, and because of the scale and the sheer ridiculousness of that kind of movie-making machine.”

Mission: Impossible 7 is currently due for release in November 2021.

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Simon Pegg: ‘Tom Cruise is an incredibly generous performer’

Simon Pegg loves working with the “incredibly generous” Tom Cruise.The British actor has worked with the Hollywood action hero since Mission: Impossible III back in 2006, and is set to reunite with him for the seventh and eighth instalments in the spy …

Simon Pegg loves working with the “incredibly generous” Tom Cruise.

The British actor has worked with the Hollywood action hero since Mission: Impossible III back in 2006, and is set to reunite with him for the seventh and eighth instalments in the spy thriller franchise.

The 50-year-old, who plays tech expert Benji Dunn, revealed that Cruise is so compassionate and caring towards his co-stars that it makes filming the blockbusters less nerve-wracking.

“It’s always fun. He’s an incredibly generous performer. He cares a lot about everybody else. He’s always hanging out around the monitor… after hanging off an airplane, he’s worried about me doing a fistfight which isn’t particularly scary,” Pegg told Collider.

“I like it because there’s a normal person there, there’s a regular person that people tend to never see, and he’s aware of who he is and what he’s become,” he explained, before adding that he’s always reassured when he’s starring alongside Cruise.

“I’ve always had a good experience with Tom. You know you’re working on something which is going to be executed with 100 per cent committed enthusiasm. It’s nice to have that as the standard,” he shared.

While filming was shut down on the Christopher McQuarrie-directed sequels earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pegg managed to meet some of the newcomers to the Mission: Impossible saga, such as Hayley Atwell.

“I felt like an old veteran. I’m four movies in… it was funny to be the old hand,” Pegg laughed. “I felt like Ving (Rhames) must have felt when I met him on number three. Now he’s six in.”

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Simon Pegg enjoys ‘job security’ with Mission: Impossible movies

Simon Pegg enjoys the “job security” he has with his role in the Mission: Impossible franchise.The Star Trek actor has played tech expert Benji Dunn since 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, and he was reminded of how much he revels in being part of the lo…

Simon Pegg enjoys the “job security” he has with his role in the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The Star Trek actor has played tech expert Benji Dunn since 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, and he was reminded of how much he revels in being part of the long-standing spy thriller saga when he met the new cast and crew of the upcoming seventh and eighth instalments.

“It was funny, when I met all the people that are going to be in the new one, we had what was going to be our kickoff dinner – but it turned out not to be obviously,” he told Collider, referencing production on the movies being shut down amid the Covid-19 outbreak. “But knowing that these actors are going to be my friends now because we’re going to work together for nearly two years, is always an interesting prospect… It’s nice to have that job security.”

Elsewhere in the interview, he defended director Christopher McQuarrie’s decision to split the next story in the saga into two separate films, and revealed it was because the filmmaker wants to give each character a well-deserved storyline.

“Before production McQuarrie takes me out to dinner and acts out the whole movie. And sometimes what he’s told me hasn’t transpired,” Pegg recalled. “But with this one he has a much clearer idea. The reason we’re splitting it into two is because he’s determined to give everybody a proper emotional arc, a proper emotional detailed character arc. And instead of trying to cram it all into one film, he’s going to allow that arc to spread out over two.”

Mission: Impossible 7 is scheduled to be released in November 2021, and Mission: Impossible 8 will hit cinemas in November 2022.

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Mission: Impossible 7 set to resume filming in September

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 is set to resume filming in September.The 57-year-old actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming sequels, alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and franchise newcom…

Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 is set to resume filming in September.

The 57-year-old actor is reprising his role as spy Ethan Hunt in Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming sequels, alongside Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.

Back in February, the cast and crew were due to begin a three-week stint in the Italian city of Venice, but production was shut down by studio executives at Paramount Pictures as Italian government officials imposed a strict lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Now, first assistant director Tommy Gormley has confirmed that filming can get underway in just over three months and still be on schedule for the movie’s November 2021 release date.

“We hope to start shooting again in September. We were days from shooting in Venice – we were right at the epicentre when it all kicked off – so we had to shut down in Venice where we were four or five days from shooting,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, following the publication of the British Film Commission’s new safety guidelines titled: “Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-End TV Drama Production”.

“We hope to restart in September, we hope to visit all the countries we planned to and look to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio, so September through to end April/May is our targets. We are convinced we can do this,” Gormley explained.

The seventh instalment was scheduled to be released in July 2021, but was pushed back to November 2021 in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. It is being filmed back-to-back with the eighth instalment.

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Hayley Atwell impressed director Christopher McQuarrie with ‘frightening’ knife skills

Hayley Atwell landed a role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies after impressing director Christopher McQuarrie with her “frightening” knife skills.The 38-year-old actress is set to play the mysterious leading lady who will test every member of …

Hayley Atwell landed a role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies after impressing director Christopher McQuarrie with her “frightening” knife skills.

The 38-year-old actress is set to play the mysterious leading lady who will test every member of the fictional Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team, led by Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, in the seventh and eighth instalments of the action-adventure franchise.

Her casting was announced in September, and since then, she’s undergone some intense physical training for the role in the blockbusters, which will also star Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson.

However, it was Atwell’s screen test, which included a whopping two-hour stunt audition, which blew director McQuarrie away.

“It is truly something to see… the work that you’ve done, the dedication you’ve shown, the focus, and quite frankly, your frightening talent with a knife, are all stuff that I’m very, very, very excited for people to see. It’s a very different side of Hayley,” he told the Light the Fuse podcast.

And Pegg, who has starred in the franchise as tech expert Benji Dunn since 2003’s Mission: Impossible III, said he was stunned when the movie’s stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood showed him a clip of the Avengers: Endgame star in action.

“(He) showed me a video of you doing your training. You’re super fast. Proper Matrix s**t going on,” the Hot Fuzz funnyman told Hayley during the podcast.

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Hayley Atwell to play ‘destructive’ character in Mission: Impossible 7

Hayley Atwell’s character will be a “destructive force of nature” in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies.Back in September, it was announced that the 38-year-old British actress would play the leading lady in director Christopher McQuarrie’s next t…

Hayley Atwell’s character will be a “destructive force of nature” in the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies.

Back in September, it was announced that the 38-year-old British actress would play the leading lady in director Christopher McQuarrie’s next two instalments of the action-adventure franchise, alongside Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, and Nicholas Hoult.

While it’s yet to be revealed who her mysterious character will be, McQuarrie has teased that Atwell will play a “destructive force of nature” who will test every member of Ethan Hunt’s team.

“I’ve been living in an existential crisis since October, going ‘who am I? who am I?'” Atwell added during an appearance alongside McQuarrie on the Light the Fuse podcast. “An actor in search of a character.

“There’s ambiguity… the interesting thing we’re exploring is her resistance to a situation she finds herself in. How she starts off, where she becomes. The journey of what she comes into and what is asked of her and potentially where she ends up.”

And director McQuarrie was keen to make sure that the Captain America star would offer Mission: Impossible fans something different.

“We don’t want Hayley to be a repeat of any character that’s come before,” he explained, adding that Atwell had a hugely successful screen test with co-star Cruise.

“What we discovered there is this energy that Hayley had, specifically an energy with Tom. It’s not a vibe, it’s literally a vibration. You felt it and you were like, ‘I don’t know what to make of this person,'” he shared.

Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 are due to be released in November 2021 and November 2022, respectively.

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Brian De Palma refused to make more Mission: Impossible movies

Brian De Palma turned down Tom Cruise’s offer to make more Mission: Impossible movies because he thought one was enough. The Scarface director helmed the first Mission: Impossible movie, which became a global box office hit in 1996, and Cruise, who st…

Brian De Palma turned down Tom Cruise’s offer to make more Mission: Impossible movies because he thought one was enough.

The Scarface director helmed the first Mission: Impossible movie, which became a global box office hit in 1996, and Cruise, who starred as Ethan Hunt in the film, soon asked him to start working on a follow-up. However, De Palma turned him down.

“Stories, they keep making them longer and longer only for economic reasons,” De Palma said to The Associated Press. “After I made Mission: Impossible, Tom asked me to start working on the next one. I said, ‘Are you kidding? One of these is enough. Why would anybody want to make another one?’ Of course, the reason they make another one is to make money. I was never a movie director to make money, which is the big problem of Hollywood. That’s the corruption of Hollywood.”

However, the Carrie filmmaker still has fond memories of making the movies.

“In my mid-50s doing Carlito’s Way and then Mission: Impossible, it doesn’t get much better than that,” the 79-year-old praised. “You have all the power and tools at your disposal. When you have the Hollywood system working for you, you can do some remarkable things. But as your movies become less successful, it gets harder to hold on to the power and you have to start making compromises… If you have a couple of good decades, that’s good, that’s great.”

Despite De Palma’s belief that Mission: Impossible should have remained one film, it is a long-running franchise and the seventh and eighth instalments are currently in the works. After he turned down Cruise, Mission: Impossible 2 was directed by John Woo before J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird helmed a film each. The franchise has been in the hands of Christopher McQuarrie ever since the fifth film, Rogue Nation, in 2015.

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Mission: Impossible 7 filming halted in Italy over coronavirus concerns

Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.Production on the seventh instalment in the saga, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had been due to begin with a three-week st…

Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.

Production on the seventh instalment in the saga, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had been due to begin with a three-week stint in the city of Venice, but the crew was sent home by studio executives at Paramount Pictures as Italian government officials continue their efforts to contain the epidemic.

“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,” a statement from the studio read.

“During this hiatus we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”

An outbreak of the coronavirus has recently occurred in northern Italy, forcing officials to place lockdown restrictions on more than 50,000 people in affected areas.

Cases in the country have surged to more than 200, with seven deaths, prompting tough action from the government to contain the epidemic, which originated in Wuhan, China late last year.

The action thriller, which also stars Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell and Nicholas Hoult, is scheduled to be released in July 2021. It is being filmed back-to-back with the eighth instalment, which will hit cinemas the following year.

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Vanessa Kirby returning for Mission: Impossible 7

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is …

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is reprising her role for Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming action movie.

Vanessa casually confirmed her return in a new interview with Glamour U.K. by revealing she was “in the car, about to go to firearms training” after wrapping production on drama Pieces of a Woman, in which she stars as a grieving pregnant woman who loses her baby.

Th Crown star told the publication she was looking forward to getting back into shape thanks to the intensive training for Mission: Impossible.

“Actually, I am looking forward to training because it means you eat well and work out which I haven’t been doing for that entire shoot,” Vanessa shared.

She also told the magazine that she ended up eating for two while wearing her prosthetic pregnant belly on the set of Pieces of a Woman.

“I was wearing the belly twenty-four seven – I was even sleeping in it,” she explained. “So, you could eat whatever you want, I was like, ‘I am eating for two,’ but there was no real two! It’s a fake two! In my mind no one was going to tell until but then you whip it off and it’s like, ‘oh God!'”

Tom Cruise is set to return as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, alongside franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell, Nicholas Hoult, and Pom Klementieff. Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Henry Czerny are also reprising their roles.

Mission: Impossible 7 is set for release in July 2021.

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