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The Force has Awakened, and we won’t find out what happens for another 600 or so days. But another Star Wars movie will be out later this year: Star Wars: Rogue One (or is it Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?) will hit theaters in December 2016, and we’re excited (Peter, Angie, Jacob, Jack and Ethan all listed the film in their most anticipated films of the year). But what do we know about Rogue One? I have compiled everything we know, have seen, and/or have heard rumored, and more, after the jump.

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While we’ve been distracted by Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving in theaters and breaking office records and whatnot, Gareth EdwardsRogue One: A Star Wars Story has been quietly filming, avoiding the microscopic analysis that pervaded J.J. Abrams’ sequel at every turn. And that’s almost certainly a good thing – after being completely and totally obsessed with The Force Awakens for over a year, it’s going to be nice to relax (just in a little) in the lead-up to the first official Star Wars spin-off.

But now that everyone in the world has seen The Force Awakens several times, we can start turning out attention to Rogue One. Let’s start with a rumor, the resurrection of an older report, that claims Christopher McQuarrie was quietly hired to polish the screenplay as shooting began.

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mcquarrie

Christopher McQuarrie and actor Tom Cruise have collaborated many times now. The Oscar-winning writer wrote Valkyrie and worked on the scripts for Edge of Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and in 2012, he directed Cruise in Jack Reacher. After McQuarrie launched a potential franchise with Reacher, he landed the opportunity in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation to take part in a series that keeps getting better.

After the jump, read our Christopher McQuarrie interview.

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‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Will Have Its Own Style

Mission: Impossible 6 style

What’s great about the Mission: Impossible series is that every installment has its own flavor. Each filmmaker, from Brian De Palma (Dressed to Kill) to J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to Brad Bird (Tomorrowland), brought their distinct style to the franchise. This past summer, with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) left his identifiable mark on the series. McQuarrie is returning to direct the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, but that doesn’t mean we should expect to see the same vision twice.

After the jump, read what McQuarrie had to say about the Mission: Impossible 6 style.

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Rebecca Ferguson Returning for Mission Impossible 6

Stealing the show from Tom Cruise in his own movie is no easy feat, but Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson pulled it off in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, becoming a breakout star in the process. Since then she’s been considered for the female lead in Gambit, booked and shot the thriller The Girl on the Train, and also picked up the female lead in The Snowman starring Michael Fassbender. There’s even a rumor that she’s wanted to play Captain Marvel.

Now she’ll also be busy reprising the role that brought all this success in the first place. Ferguson has been confirmed to return for Mission: Impossible 6 as well. Find out more below! Read More »

Mission Impossible 6 director

UPDATE: McQuarrie has confirmed on Twitter he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 6.

Original story from 11/19/2015 follows.

Despite concerns about the film’s ending rumored to need some extensive work, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation turned out to be quite the excellent blockbuster to finish out the summer, and it appears Paramount Pictures and Skydance are anxious to keep director Christopher McQuarrie around to keep the franchise going with Mission: Impossible 6. Find out more after the jump!

Variety has word that McQuarrie has been hired to write Mission: Impossible 6, but it’s not clear if he will be back to direct as well. As of now McQuarrie is still in talks with the studio about the project, but they’re getting close to wrapping up negotiations because the hope is for the sequel to be in production by next August. Read More »

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rogue one screenplay

Every major Hollywood production is a merry-go-round of screenwriters coming and going, fixing and polishing. It’s never surprising and often never commented upon when a new writer is brought onto a new project to replace another. But since Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has the words star and wars in the title, the internet has been keeping a careful watch on this project. Fans of this series have always been an obsessive bunch and this mysterious film, the first in a whole series of spin-off movies, grants them something brand new and totally unique to get obsessed with.

Anyway, here’s the latest report for you to over-analyze: a new rumor claims that screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie did some work on the Rogue One screenplay. Hit the jump for more details on the Rogue One screenplay rumor.

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Edge of tomorrow sequel

Christopher McQuarrie is a smart filmmaker who is enjoying being in business with Tom Cruise. He wrote Valkyrie and the later drafts of Edge of Tomorrow, and did script duties and also directed Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Recently, Tom Cruise suggested there’s at least an idea for an Edge of Tomorrow sequel. That is promising from one angle, in that the first movie was a better film than its box office represents, and a chance to do it again could deliver something interesting. But the original is also a movie that stands quite well on its own. Does it need a sequel? Not really.

But there’s an Edge of Tomorrow sequel idea, and it could still be turned into a film. If that happens, says McQuarrie, he would apply lessons learned from the first movie to make it a better sell for audiences.

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Rogue Nation opera

When we examined all the action scenes and setpieces in the Mission: Impossible film series, I ranked the Vienna Opera sequence from Rogue Nation as number three out of all the series’s accomplishments, behind the Burj Khalifa sequence from Ghost Protocol and the wire hang from the original film.

The Rogue Nation opera sequence is a complex piece of work, with multiple characters navigating the backstage area of the Vienna State Opera House — in reality a collection of sets built with more verisimilitude than usual — and incredible timing and definition of space to help audiences keep track of the intersecting trajectories of all the characters.

Now writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has taken the time to provide commentary on that sequence to the New York Times, and the resulting “Anatomy of a Scene” video on the Rogue Nation opera sequence is one of the better scene dissections we’ve caught in a while. Read More »