Tom Cruise can now breathe a sigh of relief and relax: filming on Mission: Impossible 7 is over. Of course, shooting on Episode 8 is still to come…
M:I 7 has been a stormy shoot in more ways than one. On Twitter, the Light the Fuse podcast shared a picture taken from Martin Smith’s Instagram account. The image shows a large clapboard with the production logo and the caption, “Mission Complete!”
M:I 7, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, is the third film to be helmed by the director. He is also producing alongside Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, David Ellison and Jake Myers. Cruise will, of course, reprise his role as Ethan Hunt, along with Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff and Cary Elwes.
— Light the Fuse Podcast (@LightTheFusePod) September 10, 2021
It must feel good for all concerned that they have finished filming. It has taken a very long time to get from the start of filming to this point, as the 2020 pandemic has caused problems for this production. The production has also been plagued by other issues, including a fire on set during a botched motorbike stunt, which took six weeks to prepare and cost the show a lot of money. McQuarrie also came under fire because a railway bridge in Poland would be demolished during filming, which led to another change of plan.
Meanwhile, Tom Cruise went to great lengths to get the film made despite the ongoing challenges. The pandemic took a hefty toll on filming, and Cruise spent his own money on boat trips to isolate the crew and hopefully keep them safe from the Crown virus. It also became a scandal when Cruise was recorded shouting at two crew members who he noticed were ignoring safety procedures on set. Many, of course, praised the actor for taking the virus so seriously, while others did not.
“I said what I said,” Cruise told Empire magazine about the incident. “There was a lot at stake at the time. But it wasn’t about my whole crew. I had the crew off the set, and it was just a selection of people. And now we’re here, and we’re back shooting. All these emotions were running through my mind. And it was a huge relief for the whole crew to know that we had started shooting the film… It was very emotional,” he tried to nuance the picture.
In the original audio recording, Cruise said, among other things, “If I ever see you do that again, you’ll fucking disappear. And if anyone on the set does, it’s over – and you, and you, and you. And you, don’t you ever do that again. We’re the reason they’re in Hollywood making movies right now. We create thousands of jobs, you bastards. That’s it. No apologies. You can tell that to all the people who are losing their fucking homes because our industry closed. We’re not going to stop this fucking movie. Do you understand? If I see you again, you’re fucking gone.”
But at least now Cruise can finally put the stress of filming behind him for a while. The seventh episode of the hit series will be released on September 30, 2022. Fans can also look forward to the next film in the series, as Mission: Impossible 8 has already been given a release date of July 7, 2023. The films were initially scheduled to be shot back-to-back, but due to the pandemic, the eighth film has been (or will be) delayed.