Mission: Impossible fans will have to wait a little longer to see Tom Cruises character Ethan Hunt back in action. The highly anticipated movies Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 have been delayed again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paramount Pictures is delaying the release of the next two films in the long-running spy franchise.
Mission: Impossible 7, which was previously scheduled to premiere on September 30, will now debut on July 14, 2023. Mission: Impossible 8, most recently slated to open on July 7, 2023, will instead shift to June 28 2024.
The seventh film, which is co-produced with Skydance, was originally scheduled for July 23, 2021 and has been postponed several times as the public health situation has changed.
Film production has also been delayed due to COVID-19. Mission: Impossible movies are often complex to shoot because they contain a lot of stunts and effects, with the film team trying to do as little green screen work as possible. They also frequently fly from one foreign port of call to another (the latest films shot in Italy, UK and Poland, to name a few locations).
“After careful consideration, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have decided to postpone the release dates for Mission: Impossible 7 & 8 in response to delays due to the ongoing pandemic. The new release dates are July 14, 2023 and June 28, 2024, respectively,” the statement said. companies in a joint statement.
“We look forward to providing moviegoers with an unparalleled theater experience,” the companies said.
In the next two films in the series, Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt, the IMF agent with nine lives and a penchant for hanging from airplanes, skyscrapers, mountains, and just about any high-altitude structure or projectile he can put his mitts on. could get.
Christopher McQuarrie, who oversaw Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, will direct the next two installments of the action franchise.
The ensemble consists of Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett.
Aside from the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies, Cruise has another high-profile production with Paramount this year, Top Gun: Maverick, which hits theaters May 27.
It was originally slated to be released by Paramount Pictures on July 12, 2019, before being pushed to 2020 and beyond.