Back in 1996 a TV series created by Bruce Geller premiered on CBS that chronicled the adventures of an ad hoc team of covert agents working for the top secret agency Impossible Mission Force, which engaged in counter-terrorism, undermining dictatorships, conducting sensitive espionage, and combatting organized crime. The original “Mission: Impossible” show was good enough to last seven seasons, be revived for two seasons in the late 1980s, and finally be adapted into film in 1996. This movie, starring Tom Cruise, eventually became a franchise of its own, with the latest installment premiering only last year. And more is coming.
Entertainment Weekly tells us that filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, whose credits already include 2018’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and 2015’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”, has accepted the mission of making more movies of the hit tech espionage thriller series. The director confirmed this on his Twitter page:
At the same time that the “Mission: Impossible” film series star Tom Cruise that he too will not be turning away from the franchise-defining role of daredevil IMF agent team leader Ethan Hunt. He also helpfully noted on his own Twitter page that both movies will be released as summer blockbusters, in 2021 and 2022.
The consecutive years of premiere is due to the fact that McQuarrie and Paramount Pictures will be taking a page off of New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in shooting the movies back to back. The decision to do so can be rooted in the extremely positive reception last year to “Fallout”, becoming the seventh highest-grossing 2018 film with a $791 million box office take. Critics have proclaimed the film to be the most successful installment of the “Mission: Impossible” movies. The release schedule also means that Cruise’s other Paramount film, “Top Gun: Maverick” can conveniently slot in between them.
While the “Mission: Impossible” films have always been memorable for their incredible stunt works, the most recent two installments with Christopher McQuarrie working with Tom Cruise have arguably produced some of the most death-defying physical feats ever depicted in the series. These included a very complex and potentially fatal HALO jump stunt and a later roof-hopping sequence in London where Cruise actually broke his leg, forcing the shooting schedule to stall for nine weeks. “They’re all complex, they’re all difficult, and they’re all extremely dangerous,” McQuarrie noted of their past stunts. “All of them require specific training, and every time we did one, we kept saying, ‘This is the stunt.’ And then we’d get another!”
Image courtesy of io9 Gizmodo