As Mission: Impossible 7 nears completion after a remarkable globetrotting pandemic-era shoot, the original plan to shoot the franchise’s eighth edition back-to-back has been altered by Paramount.
Sources said this is simply down to the shifting release calendar. Star Tom Cruise will now be needed on promotional duties by the studio for Top Gun: Maverick ahead of that film’s planned release on July 2, and will be out of action for a period. Once that film has rolled out – hopefully to packed cinemas in a post-Covid world – production on MI: 8 can begin, meaning the gap shouldn’t be too impactful.
Mission: Impossible 7 is on the calendar for November 19, 2021 and looks to be on track – a notable achievement considering the challenges with any film production, let alone one of this scale, right now. Mission: Impossible 8 remains dated for Nov 4, 2022.
Paramount declined to comment.