There’s now going to be a break before Mission: Impossible 8 starts filming, it’s been revealed – to buy Tom Cruise a bit of time.

The plan to shoot the seventh and eighth Mission: Impossible films back to back has been altered, it’s been revealed.

Not because Tom Cruise needs a few days off of course, but because he simply has too much to do. The shifting release calendar due to the global pandemic means that Cruise is needed on promotional duties for Top Gun: Maverick in the summer (which we fervently hope will consist of him doing flybys past cinemas, and maybe playing shirtless volleyball at the Leicester Square UK premiere). As such, the plan to immediately shoot Mission: Impossible 8 has been changed, with the schedule altered to begin production later this year, just as the seventh instalment is due to hit cinemas.

The seventh film has almost wrapped production, with filming in the Middle East recently being completed and the team heading to London to ‘apply a few finishing touches’.

If and when Mission: Impossible 7 hits its release schedule of November 2021, that will be quite the achievement, considering the hurdles for such a huge globe-spanning production presented by the global pandemic. Furthermore, it’ll be all the more impressive when you consider that the team are heading out to do the whole thing again in fairly short order.

Despite the delay to production of the eighth film, it’s holding its November 2022 release date, which seems close to, well… impossible, until you consider just what a well-oiled production this franchise has become.

It certainly looks like the return of cinemas will be led by plenty of Tom Cruise. Now we can all relax and look forward to that shirtless volleyball.

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