We’re getting mixed messages from Mission: Impossible 5. On one hand, Paramount moved the Tom Cruise film up from a Christmas 2016 release to a July 31 date. (No doubt partially inspired by fear of Star Wars.) But that doesn’t mean that everything is going perfectly well with the film, and reports now say the Mission Impossible 5 ending needs some work, and so the movie has taken a break from production in order to rework the ending, which “was deemed unsatisfactory.”
Update: Director Christopher McQuarrie has responded, briefly, to the report.
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Tom Cruise likes to do his own stunts whenever possible, and for Mission: Impossible 5 he has gone to daredevil heights to entertain us. For the last Mission: Impossible film Cruise was suspended from the side of the Burj Khalifa, aka the tallest building in the world. And the footage, filmed with IMAX cameras, was very impressive. But one Mission: Impossible 5 stunt suggests that Cruise is ready to outdo that last going — for this sequel he was strapped to the outside of a military plane as it cruised over England at 5,000 feet. Read More »
Director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise are already shooting Mission: Impossible 5, but the film has yet to finalize the cast for its antagonist. At the moment, Paramount and Skydance are offering the bad guy role to Sean Harris, known for Prometheus, The Borgias, and other films such as the Red Riding series. We don’t know much about the new film, much less the Mission: Impossible 5 villain, but the details we have are below. Read More »
Ving Rhames had only a cameo in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but he’s back for real in the fifth film in the series. Christopher McQuarrie is directing this new episode, which once again stars Tom Cruise and also finds Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg returning to the Impossible Mission Force. Given the manner of the announcement of Rhames being back with the IMF, we can probably expect him to have more to do in this fifth film. Read More »
There is so much to like about Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow. An adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel All You Need Is Kill, the film takes sci-fi elements from The Matrix, Aliens, Starship Troopers, manga and more, and wraps them all up in a rewarding time travel conceit right out of Groundhog Day. Next, it builds upon that construct in a way we’ve never seen, managing to entertain with humor, action and suspense. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt both bring a grounded, confident charisma to their roles. and Liman’s direction mixes the biggest scope imaginable with beautiful, quiet, intimate moments. The film is almost amazing.
However, a few small but distracting issues – mostly derived from the script by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth – hold the film back from reaching its full potential. Still, even with those problems, Edge of Tomorrow delivers on its promise of a memorable, exciting and emotional sci-fi action film. Read More »
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Christopher McQuarrie is definitely directing Mission: Impossible 5 for returning star Tom Cruise, but things have taken a slight detour. The production just hired Will Staples to re-write the script which was originally written by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). Staples has yet to have a screenplay produced, but is a vet in the world of video game writing. His biggest success is the video game equivalent of Avatar or The Avengers: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Read More »
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Star Wars Episode VII has dominated the news over the past day or so, but it’s certainly not the only sequel in town. After the jump:
- Matt Reeves talks Planet of the Apes sequels
- Ryan Coogler offers details on the Rocky spinoff Creed
- John McTiernan wrote Thomas Crown 2 while in prison
- Christopher McQuarrie shares a pic from M:I5 prep
- Get an eyeful of Optimus Prime in a new Transformers still
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There will almost certainly be a Jack Reacher sequel — the questions are “when,” and “by whom”? Notice that we don’t have to ask which of the many Lee Child novels the film will be based on, because Tom Cruise, Skydance Productions, and Paramount are now developing the most recent book, Never Go Back, as the sequel. (It’ll probably be titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, in the parlance of our times.)
Those who read all of Child’s novels will know that Never Go Back isn’t quite a standalone story; it is motivated by a phone call Jack Reacher had with the current commanding officer of his old military unit, and he’s spent a couple books trying to get to a base in Virginia to follow up on the call.
There’s something a lot more important in this book, however: a smart, super-precocious teen girl. She could easily end up taking a bigger role in the film than she does in the book, and in so doing make the movie attractive to audiences that didn’t even glance in Jack Reacher‘s direction. Read More »
Briefly: Star Wars who? Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie and Paramount aren’t afraid of a galaxy far, far away. They have chosen December 25, 2015 to open the still untitled Mission: Impossible 5. That’s one week after J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII, and the same day as Live By Night, Ben Affleck’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Argo.
(Maybe the M:I crew isn’t afraid because Abrams is still one of them; he’s a producer, as he has been since stepping into the franchise with the third film.)
Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) co-wrote the film which, at this point, only has Cruise attached. If the story from the last film holds, he might be joined by Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg. [The Wrap]