The fan-favorite movie franchise Mission: Impossible is set to resume filming in September after shutting down earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"That feels fairly doable, and obviously there will be precautions put in place."
Pegg, who is also starring in the upcoming thriller Inheritance, joked that the fight scenes would have to be filmed "five feet apart." When asked about the logistics of resuming production, Pegg provides some insight, saying:
"People that are involved in any close proximity stuff, it will have to be determined that they're safe to do that. I don't know what the testing situation is, how that works, or whether they'll be able to be tested regularly."
Plans to start a major movie franchise like Mission: Impossible back up means that a large set of cast, production crews, and numerous set locations will be seen as a large step in the right direction for the film industry. In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today program Tuesday morning, Mission: Impossible 7 first assistant director Tommy Gormley was the first to confirm the plans for the fall:
"We hope to restart in September. We hope to visit all the countries we planned to. We hope to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio.
Gormley also added that he was "convinced" the Paramount production could meet its target of shooting from September through April/May. Production on the Tom Cruise-led franchise was stopped late in February just days before it was due for shooting scenes in Venice. At that time, Italy was emerging as the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. Gormley also explains that the movie industry was highly adaptable, and remembers fondly working in a brewery complex years ago for a Star Trek shoot. The crew had to wear goggles, ear protection, and gloves, adding:
"Because we were in a food factory, that's what we did and we didn't think twice about it…We are incredibly agile and we're used to working in the most extreme situations in the most extreme locations. We can basically tackle anything if we prepare it carefully enough."
Gormley spoke the day after the British Film Commission Published Guidelines for Safe Production for film and TV during the COVID-19 era. He gave the description of the guidelines as "excellent" also adding:
"We have to go back to work for every person in the film industry, tens of thousands of people…we have to do it safely and we have to protect our colleagues."
All of this sounds like good news for those of us looking for some new entertainment in the future. Until then, we all have to sit and patiently wait to see what this next Mission: Impossible movie has in store for us.