Tom Cruise is reportedly shelling out some of his own cash to help ensure that the production on the new Mission: Impossible can go on amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Production on the seventh instalment in the popular spy franchise was about to get underway in February in Italy when restrictions due to the pandemic shut everything down. Fortunately for Mission: Impossible fans, Simon Pegg, who plays Benji Dunn in the movies, revealed to Variety in July that the production was poised to get back to work in September. Now it seems that’s actually happening thanks to a generous influx of cash from Cruise.
According to Forbes, Cruise has reportedly shelled out almost $1m of his own money to help production company Truenorth charter two cruise ships from Norway’s Hurtigruten company that will house both the cast and crew of Mission: Impossible 7 while filming. The hope is to create a bubble that will allow them all to work without running the risk of a widespread outbreak.
“We can confirm that Hurtigruten have entered into an agreement with the production company Truenorth for the charter of two ships from the end of August until the end of September. The ships in question are (newly upgraded) MS Vesterålen and (the brand new battery-hybrid powered) MS Fridtjof Nansen,” a spokesperson for Hurtigruten told Fox News in a statement.
“Under a very strict corona regime estimated at 6 million in cost, MI7 with Tom Cruise will be allowed to film in Norway,” Raja tweeted, adding that the filming costs will not be provided by the country.
The Daily Mail reports that everyone was tested for COVID-19 twice within 48 hours after arriving for work in the country. As a result, the movie that was once among the first to halt production due to the ongoing pandemic remains on track for its planned release in November 2021.
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