The release dates for Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 have been pushed back to 2023 and 2024, respectively. The news about the forthcoming entries in the Tom Cruise-starring franchise was reported by numerous sources on Friday when it was made known that the films would be withheld from the public as a result of the ongoing state of the pandemic.
The films’ production companies, Paramount and Skydance, released a statement via Deadline explaining that the projects were being held back as a safety measure. “After thoughtful consideration, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have decided to postpone the release dates for Mission: Impossible 7 & 8 in response to delays due to the ongoing pandemic,” they stated.
The companies also revealed that the movies would be pushed forward by a whole year and that they were still enthusiastic about their respective debuts. “The new release dates will be July 14, 2023, and June 28, 2024, respectively. We look forward to providing moviegoers with an unparalleled theatrical experience,” they said.
Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 were announced to have been in production in 2019, when Cruise, 59, made the news known to the public through his Twitter account. The performer also noted that the two movies would be shot back-to-back in an effort to release them in consecutive years. In addition to Cruise, series regulars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson will appear in the upcoming flicks.
Returning cast members from previous movies also include Henry Czerny and Vanessa Kirby. Meanwhile, newcomers to the seventh installment in the franchise include Esai Morales, Cary Elwes, and Pom Klementieff. Production on the seventh feature was supposed to begin in early 2020, although the shooting was delayed due to the onset of the global pandemic.
The crew eventually came together to begin principal photography in September of that year. Shooting continued for a whole year before the feature team finished work on the seventh feature last year. Production on the eighth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise commenced just a few months after the end of work on the previous movie.