“Tom and [writer-director Christopher McQuarrie] were extremely rigorous in making sure that we were able to shoot, and nothing was done recklessly. But it was all very, very, very carefully managed. And we found a way, and I think people have found a way now. You’re just super careful, and it doesn’t insulate you against Covid ultimately. It will still slip through. And we did have to shut down a couple of times, but that’s just the way of the world at the moment.”
“Mission: Impossible 7” isn’t the only production that has had to devise a new set of rules in order to carry on in the time of COVID-19. “Nightmare Alley,” for instance, faced similar challenges around the same time. In a Comic-Con@Home panel (by way of Variety), director Guillermo del Toro likened the experience to operating a “large surgical theater” with sterile conditions and a carnival of extras, who had to be hired out for weeks on end instead of days, as they usually would.
Hopefully, jumping through all those additional hoops will pay off in the end, and “Mission: Impossible 7” will be worth the wait. The movie is currently scheduled to hit theaters on September 30, 2022.