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Mission: Impossible 7’s big-time stunts reportedly come with a big-time budget

Jaw-dropping stunts and COVID challenges reportedly caused Mission: Impossible 7's budget to balloon.

By Vanessa Armstrong
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Mission: Impossible 7 has faced almost impossible challenges while trying to shoot during the global pandemic. And while the film has been pushed back repeatedly, principal photography wrapped in September 2021, with Paramount Pictures and Skydance set to premiere the latest in the Tom Cruise-led action franchise on July 14, 2023. 

All those delays, however, have reportedly helped push the budget of the film to impressive levels — according to Variety, the movie cost $290 million to make. For context, 2018’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout cost $190 million.

According to Variety’s sources, the high price tag was in part because production was delayed seven times because of COVID, and in part because the stunts Cruise and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie have put together are bigger than anything either of them has done previously. Cruise, for example, literally drove off a cliff on a motorcycle for one of the scenes. The movie costs were also exacerbated because of the complexity of shooting an international production, with production occurring in several countries including Poland and the United Arab Emirates. 

While we know little about the actual plot of Mission: Impossible 7, the handful of details we have about the stunts and the location shoots suggest that Cruise has succeeded in making this installment the most outrageous and spectacular in the franchise, at least until he and McQuarrie once again team up to bring us Mission: Impossible 8, which is scheduled to premiere on June 28, 2024. 

Mission: Impossible 7 stars Cruise once again as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. It also brings back Rebecca Ferguson (Isa Faust), Vanessa Kirby (White Widow), Simon Pegg (Benji Dunn), and Henry Czerny and includes new Impossible actors Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, and Esai Morales. 

We’ll all be able to see Cruise drive off a cliff and do other death-defying acts when Mission: Impossible 7 premieres in theaters on July 14, 2023.