Quest: Impossible fans will have to wait even to see the return of Tom Cruise character Ethan Hunt. The cast’s highly anticipated films Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 have been delayed again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paramount Pictures is delaying the release of the next two films in the long-running spy franchise.

Originally scheduled to premiere on September 30, Mission: Impossible 7 will now premiere on July 14, 2023. Recently, Mission: Impossible 8, originally scheduled for July 7, 2023, will be moved to June 28, 2024.

The seventh film, co-produced by Skydance, was originally scheduled for release on July 23, 2021, but has been delayed several times due to the changing public health situation.

Film production has also been delayed due to COVID-19. Mission: Impossible films tend to be complicated to shoot because they have so many stunts and effects, and the filmmaking teams try to do as little green screen work as possible. They also frequently fly from one foreign port of call to another (the latest films shot in Italy, the UK and Poland, to name a few).

“After much deliberation, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have decided to delay the release dates of Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 in to delays due to the ongoing pandemic. The new release date is July 2023. 14 and June 28, 2024, respectively,” the companies said in a joint statement.

“We look forward to providing moviegoers with an unparalleled theatrical experience,” the companies added.

The next two films in the series will once again feature Cruise as Ethan Hunt, an IMF agent with nine lives who loves to hang from airplanes, skyscrapers, mountains, and anything he can wear Gloved high-altitude buildings or projectiles.

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McQuarrie oversees Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and he will direct the next two action films.

The orchestra includes Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett.

In addition to the upcoming “Mission: Impossible” movie, Cruise has another high-profile project with Paramount this year, “Top Gun: The Maverick,” which opens in theaters on May 27.

It was originally scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures on July 12, 2019, before it was pushed back to 2020 and beyond.