Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 And 8 Just Got Devastating News

By Doug Norrie | 4 months ago

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Over the last couple of years, one thing we’ve gotten kind of used to is the shifting goalposts around release dates in the movie industry. It’s been a byproduct of the pandemic with major productions having to take time off from filming, or having to push their originally intended timelines back months or even years. And now we have another flick that’s going to have to wait a while longer until it can hit the big screen. For the umpteenth time, Tom Cruise and company are pushing back both Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 with The Hollywood Reporter saying that they are going yet another year out. 

This news around Tom Cruise and the studio delaying Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 came via a release from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media saying that they had decided to delay the films another year each because of ongoing scheduling issues leftover from the pandemic. The new dates are now going to be July 14, 2023, for Mission: Impossible 7 and June 28, 2024, for Mission: Impossible 8. Fans of the franchise would rightfully feel pretty bummed about this news considering the movies have been nothing but pushed back over the last couple of years. 

Originally, Tom Cruise had let on all the way back in 2019 that Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 would be shot back-to-back and at the beginning of 2020 they got underway filming. But as we know, in March 2020 the whole world changed and the production went on a major delay while the pandemic took hold and protocols meant that studios could resume filming in any meaningful way. Over the next year-plus, there were numerous starts and stops while filming including a much-publicized blowup from Tom Cruise on the set around staff and crew not following Covid protocols. 

The original release date for Mission: Impossible 7 was July 23, 2021, so by the time it is all said and done (assuming this is the last time it moves) it will have been a full two years behind schedule. This mirrors another Tom Cruise production that was already supposed to have screens. That is Top Gun: Maverick which was originally supposed to release all the way back in the summer of 2020. With that one, we are getting a little closer seeing as the current plan is for it to hit the big screen on May 27th of this year. 

Tom Cruise started with this franchise all the way back in 1996 but the movies have really grown over the last few, with the action dialing up in a big way and the stunts getting crazier and crazier. They’ve held together solid stories as well and it’s turned them into box office gold. You can see why the studios would want to release the next ones under optimal conditions. Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation, and Fallout combined for more than $2.1 billion dollars in ticket sales. Here’s to hoping they stick with this initial date for Mission Impossible 7 and we can just get ready to feast our eyes on the spectacle.