Mission: Impossible 8 suffers new delays and budget approaches US$400 million

The problem with the $25 million submarine would be the cause of new stoppages

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Mission: Impossible 8, said to be the last film in the franchise starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, has suffered yet another delay, according to The Mirror. After last year's strikes, now the film has reportedly been delayed again due to a malfunction during filming with a $25 million submarine. It was revealed that the gimbal, used to lower the 36-metre-high structure, became trapped under its weight and had to be repaired. Due to this, filming was delayed for weeks causing the film's costs to increase dramatically. The current budget for this film is close to $400 million.

Last year, Christopher McQuarrie claimed that, before the strikes, around 40% of the film had been shot, and that filming was done on location in Africa and the Arctic. He further added that the film's biggest and most complicated sequence had not yet been filmed. Details about the plot of the new film are being kept secret. But it is known that the film will follow the events of Mission: Impossible - Reckoning, which recently lost "Part 1" of the title and grossed US$567 million around the world. Mission: Impossible 8 will be released on May 23, 2025, with a title yet to be determined.

Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Esai Morales, Tramell Tillman, Ving Rhames, Nick Offerman, Holt McCallany, Janet McTeer, and Rolf Saxon, who only appeared in the first film in the franchise and will return for the eighth, are in the cast. McQuarrie became Cruise's greatest collaborator, directing both Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible - Fallout and helping to write Top Gun: Maverick. Shot on sets, the films are seen as a possible conclusion to the Paramount Pictures saga. They went through several postponements, whether due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or the long and complex filming process, which even included the use of a real submarine. As a result, Reckoning Part 1 became one of the most expensive feature films in history, and it is entirely possible that Mission: Impossible 8 will surpass its price.