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McQuarrie directed some scenes of ‘M:I7’ from home!

Published : 25 Nov 2021 09:25 PM

‘Mission: Impossible 7’ director Christopher McQuarrie had to direct some scenes from his home computer after a Covid scare. The long-running ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise hit new highs with the release of the critically-acclaimed ‘Fallout’ in 2018. With the first film released in 1996, the franchise has seen a handful of directors come and go over the years, but the action flicks hit their stride when writer and director Christopher McQuarrie came on board in 2015's ‘Rogue Nation’.

McQuarrie was set to direct ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ and 8 back-to-back but, due to delays from the ongoing global pandemic and Cruise's commitments to ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, a break was needed. Filming on the seventh film in the franchise was confirmed to have wrapped in September, more than a month after the film was initially scheduled to release in theaters. Many franchise regulars are returning, including Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Rebecca Ferguson, and newcomers include Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Esai Morales, and Cary Elwes.

According to a new interview with THR, Elwes reveals that McQuarrie had to direct some of the scenes for Mission: Impossible 7 from his home computer. The move came after the director was contact-traced for possible exposure to Covid-19. According to Elwes, whose role in the film has not yet been disclosed, the fact that McQuarrie could do it is a testament to just how talented he is. 

Directing from home is no easy feat, as a director's job typically requires coordinating hundreds of crew on set, while also being available to instruct actors' performances. McQuarrie has been involved with the ‘M:I’ franchise since 2015, giving him years of experience with the cast and crew. But even before joining the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise, McQuarrie was well known as the screenwriter responsible for projects like ‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘Valkyrie’, and ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ with his first primary directing job coming with the Tom-Cruise-starring ‘Jack Reacher’ in 2012. Although 2011's ‘Ghost Protocol’ is generally considered the beginning of the current era of ‘Mission: Impossible’  films, ones conceptualized and marketed more specifically around highly-publicized stunts, it was ‘Rogue Nation’ and ‘Fallout’ from McQuarrie that capitalized on this formula and set the ‘Mission’ films on the path they're following today.   -Collider