Mission: Impossible 7 shoot halted in Venice amid coronavirus fears
The planned shoot for the seventh instalment of Mission: Impossible in Venice has been cancelled.
Production on the new blockbuster had been due to include a lengthy shoot in the Italian city, but after the decision was taken by the Venetian authorities to put a stop to all public gatherings, the shoot was cancelled.
A statement given to Variety by studio Paramount reads as follows: "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."
It continues: "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."
Mission: Impossible 7 is the first of two planned movies in the series, which are due in the summer of 2021 and 2022.
Director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been the camera on last two instalments Rogue Nation and Fallout, is directing both movies.
Beginning in 1996, the Mission: Impossible franchise has grossed over $3.5 billion at the box office across six movies.
The latest instalment, Mission: Impossible Fallout, took in almost $800 million at the box office in the summer of 2018.