‘Mission: Impossible’ sues insurance company over COVID Payouts.
According to Reuters, Paramount has launched an action against Federal Insurance Company after the two firms disputed how much money should be paid out for delays.
Production on the new “Mission: Impossible” movie was shut down seven times due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday that accuses the film’s insurance company of failing to pay out for all but one of the costly stoppages.
Filming on the action series starring Tom Cruise was delayed four times in Italy, and three times in the United Kingdom between February 2020 and June 2021, said the lawsuit filed by Paramount Pictures in U.S. Federal Court in California. The stoppages were caused by positive coronavirus tests among members of the cast or crew or quarantine or lockdowns imposed in countries where the thriller was being filmed.
The lawsuit accuses Indiana-based Federal Insurance Company of breach of contract, saying it has agreed only to pay out $5 million for the first stoppage. According to the lawsuit, the Federal Insurance Company has refused to pay out for the disruption. Documents lodged in the court accuse the insurers of breach of contract, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
Federal Insurance did not immediately return a request for comment.
Paramount said in the lawsuit that the insurance company argued there was “no evidence that those cast and crew members could not continue their duties, despite being infected with SARS-CoV-2 and posing an undeniable risk to other individuals involved with the production.”
Paramount did not say how much the shutdowns had cost but said its losses “far exceeded” the $5 million that Federal had agreed to pay for the first instance of coronavirus in February 2020. Paramount is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages.