Tom Cruise has been told by the Government he can begin making Mission Impossible films in the UK again later this month.
New government guidance will exempt essential cast and crew working on international film and “high-end” television productions from the 14-day isolation requirement, for those travelling from many countries abroad.
And that is good news for Hollywood star Cruise, who has been spotted in recent days practising his motocross skills, and flying a helicopter around the Oxfordshire countryside ahead of a restart to filming.
Under the new rules, sports authorities, event organisers and the film and TV industry would need to follow “stringent protocols” to become exempt from the 14-day quarantine rule.
Once exempt they will have to operate within a “bubble” comprising only their accommodation and production location – preventing them going to public places, such as pubs.
The move comes after filming of the seventh and eighth instalments of Mission: Impossible stalled as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown in the UK.
Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, spoke to Cruise last week about how the new exemption would allow filming of Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 to resume at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden in Hertfordshire.
Posting a photo of the video call they had, Dowden said on Twitter : “New exemption from quarantine rules for filmmakers means we can start making the best blockbusters again Great to talk to Tom Cruise last weekend about getting the cameras rolling again on Mission: Impossible 7.”
He later added: “The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain.
“Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy.
“We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again.”
Previously it was thought that the filming of the Mission Impossible films would begin in September but it now looks to be starting sooner.
Universal will resume filming on Jurassic World: Dominion from Monday. Other big budget TV dramas may also follow suit shortly.
Major sporting events, as well as TV and film productions, are also to be given an exemption from the UK’s 14-day coronavirus travel quarantine.