The impossible and the improbable have officially become possible.
Despite the setbacks of Covid-19 and a government shutdown with formidable protocols, Impossible mission 7 ended, bringing home a complex production that persevered despite the odds.
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Director Christopher McQuarrie took to Instagram on Saturday to express his thanks to the cast and crew, who overcame enormous obstacles to bring the film home. He posted a photo of himself with star and co-producer Tom Cruise.
“All you need are good people,” McQuarrie wrote. “To our indomitable, unstoppable and relentless cast and crew: even under the best of circumstances, it should have been impossible. Even after seeing it, we cannot believe what you have achieved. Words can never adequately express our gratitude and admiration – not only to you, but to your loved ones. You are the best in the world. “
The road to the end of production went in spurts. The Covid-19 pandemic has turned a difficult filming into something nearly impossible. Even when production resumed, it took Tom Cruise offloading the crew from across London over the breaches of social distancing protocols.
Cruise helped develop the protocols to get the film through production that spanned from Italy to Norway and London. Covid-19 issues were reported during the Italian portion of filming, which reportedly shut down the film for a few days.
The pandemic posed unique challenges. The UK government has issued strict protocols, allowing only a small number of essential actors and crew to travel to the UK without a 14-day quarantine. It also required individuals to live in “bubbles” comprising only accommodation and filming locations.
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