(Reuters) – Production of the new "Mission: Impossible" movie was shut down seven times due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday accusing the film's insurance company of not paying for all but one of the costly outages.
The films in the action series starring Tom Cruise were delayed four times in Italy and three times in the UK between February 2020 and June 2021, said the lawsuit filed by Paramount Pictures in the US Federal Court in California.
The stoppage was caused by positive coronavirus tests among the cast or crew members, or quarantine or lockdowns imposed in countries where the thriller was filmed.
The lawsuit accuses Indiana-based Federal Insurance Co. for breach of contract and says it has only agreed to pay out $ 5 million for the first stop.
Federal Insurance did not immediately submit a request for comment.
Mr. Cruise, who is also the producer of the film, lost his temper on the set of "Mission: Impossible 7" in England in December due to a violation of the COVID-1
"Mission: Impossible" is one of the biggest franchises in Hollywood, with "Mission: Impossible-Fallout" from 2018 taking more than $ 791 million in the global box office.
Several film and television productions have been disrupted by the pandemic and the cost of testing, consultants and protective equipment has added millions of dollars to their budgets.
Paramount said in the lawsuit that the insurance company claimed that “there was no evidence that the cast and crew members could not continue their duties, despite being infected with SARS-CoV-2 and posing an undeniable risk to other individuals who are involved in production. "
Paramount did not say how much the suspensions had cost, but said the losses" far exceeded "the $ 5 million ion that the Federal had agreed to pay for the first instance of the corona virus in February 2020.
Paramount calls for a jury trial and unspecified damage.
The delayed "Mission: Impossible 7" is expected to be released in May 2022.