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'Mission: Impossible 7' set shut down due to positive Covid-19 tests

Filming in Britain on the latest installment of the Tom Cruise franchise is halted for two weeks after people working on the movie tested positive for coronavirus.
Image: Tom Cruise filming in Levisham
Actor Tom Cruise waves to onlookers as he walks to the set of his latest project, in the village of Levisham in the North York Moors, UK, on April 20, 2021.Danny Lawson / PA Images via Getty Images file
/ Source: Reuters

LOS ANGELES, June 3 - Filming in Britain on the latest "Mission: Impossible" movie has been shut down for two weeks after some people working on the movie tested positive for the coronavirus, Paramount Pictures said on Thursday.

The movie studio did not say who or how many people had tested positive but Britain's Sun newspaper said star Tom Cruise was not among them.

"We have temporarily halted production on Mission: Impossible 7 until June 14th, due to positive coronavirus test results during routine testing. We are following all safety protocols and will continue to monitor the situation," Paramount said in a statement.

The Sun newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said 14 members of the production tested positive after shooting a nightclub scene, and that Cruise, like other people working on the set, would have to self-isolate for 14 days.

A spokesperson for Cruise, who is also a producer on the action film, did not immediately return a call for comment.

"Mission: Impossible" is one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood. The seventh film in the series was one of the first movies to shut down production because of the pandemic when it abandoned filming in Venice, Italy, in February 2020.

Shooting resumed last year in countries including Norway, Italy and Britain. Cruise was caught on audio tape last December yelling at the crew over breaches in Covid-19 safety protocols.

"Mission: Impossible 7" is due to be released in May 2022.