Mission: Impossible 7 — Paramount Pictures halts shooting of Tom Cruise's film in Italy due to coronavirus outbreak
Paramount Pictures said they cancelled Mission Impossible 7's shoot for the safety of the film's cast and crew.
Paramount Pictures on Monday halted production on the seventh Mission: Impossible film due to the new virus, as Hollywood began to more drastically adapt to the growing global outbreak.
Mission: Impossible 7 had been scheduled to shoot for three weeks in Venice. More than 200 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Italy, the largest number outside Asia. While most of those cases are in the neighboring Lombardy region, authorities said three people in Venice have tested positive for the virus.
In a statement, Paramount cited the Venetian government’s halting of public gatherings, and said it was canceling the shoot “out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew.”
Paramount also on Monday postponed the Chinese release of Sonic the Hedgehog, which had been set for Friday. Cinemas in China have been shuttered due to the outbreak, closing down the world’s second largest box-office market.
At stake is potentially hundreds of millions in ticket sales in China and elsewhere. Media stocks were among those that tumbled Monday on Wall Street as fears increased of the virus’ effect on the global economy.
The Walt Disney Co.’s anticipated live-action Mulan remake is also soon to open worldwide, with a particular focus on China. It’s due to open there on 27 March.
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