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'Mission Impossible 7' shutdown has triggered Covid-19 insurance issue

While the film industry is slowly recovering from the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tom Cruise has been pushing straight ahead with the next project in the Mission: Impossible franchise. This film is going to be the seventh instalment to the series and will star the likes of Hayley Atwell, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson who will feature alongside Cruise’s elite agent Ethan Hunt.

While discussing the possibility of shooting Mission: Impossible in space, director Christopher McQuarrie said: “I think it’s inevitable. We’ve pretty much gone to the edge of thereof, so yeah, it’s sooner or later, Tom is gonna be in orbit. If there’s an actor that’s going to be the first actor in space practically, it’s Tom, or it’s somebody … it’s [James] Cameron, Chris Nolan, or Tom. Gonna be one of those three guys. That is the new space race.”

On Monday, Paramount filed a lawsuit against its insurer who had promised to cover the huge losses caused by the disruptions in the production process of Mission: Impossible 7. According to the insurance company, it is ready to pay out $1 million as compensation for the Covid-19 shutdowns but that won’t be enough as the production was stopped seven times over the course of the last year.

The “cast insurance policy”, which is supposed to be a safety measure if a key member of the production process becomes sick or if there is a Covid-19 outbreak, signed by Paramount had an upper limit of $100 million. However, the insurance company Chubb has insisted that the actual policy in question is the “civil authority policy” which covers losses incurred by government mandates and has a limit of $1 million.

Even before the conflict with the insurance company, Tom Cruise has been freaking out about the possibility of not being able to make money off of the next Mission: Impossible film. In December of last year, Cruise had a meltdown when he caught two crew members sitting very close to each other and went on a rant about the socio-political implications of the production of Mission: Impossible 7 shutting down: “You can tell it to the people who are losing their f****** homes because our industry is shut down. It’s not going to put food on their table or pay for their college education.

“That’s what I sleep with every night,” he continued, “the future of this f****** industry! So I’m sorry, I am beyond your apologies. I have told you, and now I want it, and if you don’t do it, you’re out. We are not shutting this f****** movie down! Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re f****** gone.”