Coronavirus: Paramount halts 'Mission: Impossible 7' shoot in Italy over virus outbreak

Last week, the James Bond film 'No Time to Die' canceled its Beijing premiere and promotional tour


                            Coronavirus: Paramount halts 'Mission: Impossible 7' shoot in Italy over virus outbreak
(Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures and Skydance via AP)

NEW YORK: Paramount Pictures on February 24 halted production on the seventh 'Mission: Impossible' film due to the new virus, as Hollywood began to more drastically adapt to the growing global outbreak.

'Mission: Impossible 7' had been scheduled to shoot for three weeks in Venice. More than 200 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Italy, the largest number outside Asia. While most of those cases are in the neighboring Lombardy region, authorities said three people in Venice have tested positive for the virus.

In a statement, Paramount cited the Venetian government's halting of public gatherings, and said it was canceling the shoot “out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew".

Paramount also on February 24 postponed the Chinese release of 'Sonic the Hedgehog', which had been set for February 21. Cinemas in China have been shuttered due to the outbreak, closing down the world's second largest box-office market.

'Sonic the Hedgehog' (Paramount Pictures/Sega of America via AP)

At stake is potentially hundreds of millions in ticket sales in China and elsewhere. Media stocks were among those that tumbled on February 24 on Wall Street as fears increased of the virus' effect on the global economy.

Last week, the James Bond film 'No Time to Die' canceled its planned Beijing premiere and promotional tour. The film is to open in Britain on April 2 and in North America on April 10.

The Walt Disney Co.'s anticipated live-action 'Mulan' remake is also soon to open worldwide, with a particular focus on China. It's due to open there on March 27.

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