LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Production of the new movie in the “Mission Impossible” franchise has been suspended seven times because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a lawsuit filed Monday that accuses the film’s insurance company of not complying with payments for six of the seven costly stoppages.
Filming of the action series starring Tom Cruise was stopped four times in Italy and three times in the UK between February 2020 and June 2020, notes the lawsuit filed by Paramount Pictures in federal court in California.
The stoppages were caused by positive coronavirus tests among cast or crew members, or by quarantine or lockdown restrictions imposed in countries where the thriller was being filmed.
The lawsuit accuses Indiana insurance company Federal Insurance Company, and points out that the company agreed to pay only $5 million for the first suspension of the recordings.
Federal Insurance did not immediately return a request for comment.
Cruise, who is also one of the film’s producers, lost his temper on the film set for “Mission Impossible 7” in England in December over a breach of Covid protocol, threatening to fire cast and crew members who didn’t take the measures seriously.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)
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