Your mission, Tom Cruise, should you choose to accept it, is to film “Mission: Impossible 7” in Norway during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Mission: Impossible 7” was one of the first major movie productions to be shut down by the pandemic, which hit just as filming was about to get underway in Italy back in February.
Production resumed briefly this summer in London and has now restarted in Norway’s rugged Møre og Romsdal district, a stunning coastal landscape of fjords, glaciers, mountains, waterfalls and islands.
In order avoid any further delays, the production company Truenorth has chartered two Hurtigruten cruise ships, the brand new 530-passenger MS Fridtjof Nansen and the 490-passenger MS Versteralen, to accommodate the entire cast and crew of the latest “Mission: Impossible” installment. Cruise is believed to be footing nearly $700,000 of the cost.
Hurtigruten confirmed to the Norwegian tabloid newspaper Verdens Gang that Trunorth has rented two of its ships until the end of September.
The cruise ships were reportedly chartered with the intention of shielding the entire production staff from exposure to possible COVID-19 infection. The idea is to insulate the cast and crew in a contained bubble, similar to what the NBA created at Disney World.
The UK newspaper The Daily Mail reported that the entire cast and crew were tested for COVID-19 twice in 48 hours after arriving for production in Norway. Last week, the Norwegian government waived the 10-day quarantine requirement for crew members from countries with high infection rates.
Hurtigruten claimed to be the world’s first cruise line to resume service after the global shutdown in March, only to be forced to suspend service in July after a COVID-19 outbreak on one of its ships, the Roald Amundsen. All of Hurtigruten’s non-coastal passenger operations have now been halted.
“Mission Impossible 7” is scheduled for release in November 2021.