Empire magazine always gets the big names, and in the case of the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7, they have got the biggest. A cover shoot, multi-page feature, and star interview with Tom Cruise are paving the way for the release.

The Empire feature cover shot

In the interview, now up at EmpireOnline.com, Cruise talked at length about the struggles of the production in the face of a global pandemic that was shutting down entire swathes of the global economy. This created a lot of pressure for him, in his role as producer. He says he is responsible for health and safety on the set, financial performance of the production, and has a duty of care to his cast and crew.

Their global schedule for Mission: Impossible 7 had planned for them to move between Italy, England, Norway, Poland, the Middle East, and back to England again. When the pandemic hit and borders were closed, with places grounded, they had to find a way through:

“I’ve produced 30 to 40 movies. I am responsible for thousands, if not tens of thousands, of jobs. All my friends in the industry, people that are in distribution, and my crew were like, ‘What are we going to do? I could lose my house!’.

So I told the studio and I told the industry, ‘We’re going back. We’re going to get everyone back to work. We’re going to start shooting in the summer. And we’re going to figure out how to do it safely.’

It was seven days a week, it was around the clock, just dealing with a lot of high emotions with people, and helping them through it… We had to create protocols with studios and insurance companies, and work on laws in each country, assuring them how we were going to film in the country. There were times when people said, ‘It’s not going to happen.’ And I just kept saying, ‘It’s happening.’”

The movie is now locked in for a cinema release on May 27th, 2022, and is in the final stages of principal production in the UK.

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