The British government is set to release some leading American actors, such as Tom Cruise, and the crew from its 14-day travel quarantine to allow Hollywood blockbusters to resume production.
The move follows a conversation between Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Cruise last week about restarting the films on the latest “Mission: Impossible” movie. The exception means that “Mission: Impossible 7” – starring and produced by Cruise – can restart the films on Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, near London.
Dowden said: “The world’s largest blockbuster and advanced television program is manufactured in the UK. Our creativity, expertise and very successful tax relief for our display industries mean that we are a sought-after place which in turn provides a good return for our economy. We want the industry to jump back and exempt a small number of important actors and quarantine crews is part of our continued commitment to get cameras rolling safely again. “
The government said the exemption only applies to cast and crews who come to England ̵
Adrian Wootton, executive director of the British Film Commission, said: “Today’s extremely welcome news is also a clear recognition of the importance of the film and the high-end TV inward investment sector for the UK economy.”
“The sector was worth over £ 3 billion [$3.75 billion] in 2019 and has a clear role to play in our economic recovery after the shutdown. “
Ben Roberts, chief executive of the British Film Institute, said: “Film and TV are worth £ 9.9 billion [$12.4 billion] to the UK economy and being able to resume production as soon as possible will help our industry and its 77,000 production employees contribute to the UK’s economic recovery. “
“It is good news that film and television production has been granted quarantine, one of the most important results of BFI’s Screen Sector Task Force, which, in line with the UK’s COVID-19 industry consultancy, means that film and television productions who are dependent on international talent, will be able to move on, generate jobs and secure a pipeline of new work for those working across the industry. “
“Mission: Impossible 7”, produced by Skydance Media for Paramount Pictures, ended production in late February due to the coronavirus pandemic. The seventh and eighth parts of the franchise, both written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, are shot back to back.