UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden spoke to Tom Cruise last weekend about production plans for ‘Mission: Impossible 7’.
As countries create new exemptions for film and television productions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK government has announced plans to exempt “a small number of essential cast and crew” from its travel quarantine from 14 days to streamline production and get back to working on blockbusters.
In the case of ‘essential casting’, this would include high-profile American actors such as Tom Cruise, as the exemption will allow filming of Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ to resume – as well as ‘Mission: Impossible 8’ – at Warner Bros. Studio Leavesden, near London.
UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden actually spoke to Cruise last weekend about the progress of production plans, saying “the new exemption from quarantine rules for filmmakers means we can start again making the best blockbusters in the world”.
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“Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax breaks for our screen industries means we are an in-demand location which, in turn, delivers great returns for our economy,” Dowden said. “We want the industry to bounce back and exempting a small number of essential players and crew from quarantine is part of our ongoing commitment to get the cameras rolling safely again.”
In addition to the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, Universal’s “Jurassic World: Dominion” will also resume filming in the UK.
The exemption only applies to cast and crew entering England, as other parts of the UK have their own set of rules for film and TV productions that qualify as British, according to the British Film Institute. . Cast and crew who get this particular exemption will be required to live and work in controlled “bubble” environments, which will include accommodations and production locations.
“Today’s extremely welcome news is also a clear recognition of the importance of the foreign investment sector in high-end film and television to the UK economy,” said Adrian Wooton, Chief Executive of the British Film Commission.
Ben Roberts, chief executive of the British Film Institute, added: “Film and TV are worth £9.9billion to the UK economy and being able to get production back up and running as quickly as possible will help our industry and its 77,000 productions. workers are contributing to the UK’s economic recovery.
As well as film and TV productions, the UK’s new quarantine exemptions will also allow major sporting events to move forward this summer.