Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible Is Involved In Lawsuit Over Various Shutdowns

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Fallout

The production of the new Mission: Impossible movies has been a story worthy of the IMF itself. Ready to get to work filming in Italy in early 2020, the production became one of the first blockbusters to shut down due to growing pandemic. When the movie finally got underway again, it moved slowly so as to avoid any issues with the pandemic, but it ultimately failed in that regard as the production was shutdown twice due to positive tests. And now those shutdowns are the subject of a lawsuit.

According to a lawsuit filed by Paramount, the production on the new Mission: Impossible films actually shutdown a total of seven different times due to a variety of reasons related to Coronavirus. There was the initial shutdown in Italy when Venice went into lockdown in the early days of the pandemic. There were the two times that people on the set tested positive, and production needed to shutdown, the first of those happened in February in Rome and the second took place in June in the U.K.

However, there were a few other times that production was forced to halt due to things like travel restrictions. When production moved to the U.K. from Dubai production needed to shutdown for two weeks. Filming in the UK also needed to halt at one point due to a cronavirus surge in the area where filming was being done.

Paramount Pictures filed an insurance claim with the Federal Insurance Company, which paid the studio $5 million. However, Paramount claims that its loses have been several times that amount, and has now filed a lawsuit to attempt to get the recompense it believes it deserves.

The BBC does not report how much the lawsuit is for and Paramount is not revealing just how much it claims to have lost due to the shutdowns, but if we assume that each of the seven shutdowns stopped production for two weeks, then the filming was put behind schedule by more than three full months, which is quite significant considering that a lot of movies' full production schedules wouldn't even last that long.

At the same time, while production delays, and the insurance payouts that go with them, are not uncommon in Hollywood, this particular reason for delays is new and is likely uncharted territory for all involved. The outcome of this lawsuit could go a long way in determining how both studios and insurance companies move forward. Several productions have seen covid related delays in the last year, either due to positive tests within the production or simply the requirements where filming was taking place, and under the circumstances that seems to continue to be the case for some time.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.