After a number of setbacks, massive delays, production issues and government shutdowns due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, director Christopher McQuarrie wrapped up shooting for Mission: Impossible 7 after more than a year.
And on Saturday, McQuarrie took to Instagram to mark the milestone with a black and white photo of himself and lead actor Tom Cruise.
It’s a wrap! Director Christopher McQuarrie announced that shooting for Mission: Impossible 7 was wrapped up with an Instagram post from himself and star Tom Cruise on Saturday, September 11; McQuarrie, 53, and Cruise, 59, are pictured together on top of a crashed train
The triumphant pair could be seen atop a crashed train on the MI7 set.
“All you need are good people,” McQuarrie, 53, began in the caption before turning his attention and gratitude to those who made it all possible.
“To our indomitable, unstoppable, relentless cast and crew: even under the best of circumstances, it should have been impossible,” he continued.
“Even if we’ve seen it, we can’t believe what you’ve accomplished.”
McQuarrie ended the post by sharing: “Words can never adequately express our gratitude and admiration — not just to you, but to your loved ones. You are the best in the world.’
Daredevil Tom: Cruise dropped from a helicopter, in the crashed train scene, leaving the carriages hanging on the edge of a cliff
High praise: McQuarrie called the cast and crew “indomitable, unstoppable and unforgiving” when he shared the news of the film’s packaging: “Even under the best of circumstances, it should have been impossible”
In the photo, the two men are staring in the same direction as when they were on the overturned train after a daring stunt in Derbyshire, a county in the East Midlands of England.
Cruise, 59, parachuted in from a helicopter, leading to the Norwegian train eventually crashing off the edge of a cliff and hanging upside down over some large trees.
To further complicate the shooting for the film during the pandemic and subsequent health and safety protocols, pProduction spanned parts of Italy, Norway and England. There were several scenes that had to be moved, sometimes to a different city, town, or country, due to a myriad of issues surrounding protocols and limitations during production.
Gratitude and thanks: McQuarrie made it a habit to thank people, sometimes after finishing a shoot in a particular country; in this post the director thanked people in Birmingham
Mission 7 documented: The filmmaker also thanked the people of Norway before going to Rome, Italy for the news shoot for the film
MI7 is the third film in the franchise directed by McQuarrie, who also helmed the previous two: Rogue Nation (2015) and Fallout (2018).
And in the wake of all the problems and production delays, the plan to start filming an eighth McQuarrie-directed Mission: Impossible movie right away had to be shelved, as previously reported by Deadline.
In addition to Cruise, Mission: Impossible 7 also stars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Czerny, Esai Morales, and Frederick Schmidt.
It is now scheduled to premiere in the United States on September 30, 2022.
Originally slated for an August 5, 2022 release date, the planned eighth film has been delayed twice and is now set to release on July 7, 2023.
Flexible Enemy: Last week, McQuarrie shared a photo of MI7 star Pom Klementieff, showing off her flexibility on the set of Mission: Impossible 7; MI7 will be released on September 30, 2022