Tom Cruise Mission Impossible

Briefly: Mission: Impossible 5 is a go. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions just signed star Tom Cruise to return for the fifth film in the blockbuster franchise, confirming rumblings that began after 2011′s Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was a massive hit. The studio has yet to officially announce a writer or director but all signs point to Christopher McQuarrie, who last directed Cruise in Jack Reacher. (Which comes out on DVD and Blu this week.) More on the project as information becomes available. [Deadline]

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Back in November, reports said Christopher McQuarrie would be directing Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. This made sense on numerous levels. Brad Bird, who directed the fourth film, had moved to another project. McQuarrie and Cruise have a great relationship, culminating in Jack Reacher, which at the time was yet to be released. Finally, each entry in the M:I series to date had a new director at the helm.

Then Jack Reacher came out and while the film did pretty well critically, it underperformed financially. Whether that was because it was released days after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and the film begins with a savage sniper attack, because people are just over Tom Cruise, or if people just didn’t respond to the marketing and/or film is to be determined.

Either way, the question remained, “Would McQuarrie be handed the keys to one of Paramount’s biggest franchises?” That seems to be the case. McQuarrie took to Twitter and said he’s “deciding to accept” the gig. Which is an odd choice of words, but suggests some sort of offer has been made and acceptance is imminent  There’s more below. Read More »

When Christopher McQuarrie was set to direct One Shot, which eventually became Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, the idea was to launch a franchise based on the dozen-plus Reacher books by Lee Child. Turns out that Jack Reacher may be the character’s one shot at the big screen, at least in this incarnation.

The movie wasn’t all that expensive, at only $60m, but THR reports that Pararmount doesn’t consider the $153m combined worldwide gross to be impetus enough to make another one. But the film hasn’t yet opened in Japan, China, and Korea, and so there’s a chance that it could still rake in enough to make the $250m the studio would consider to be justification for a sequel. Even if it does hit the financial goal, Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions will have to negotiate a deal to bring Cruise back, and keep the next film moving at roughly the same cost of the first.

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Here’s the best trailer yet released for Christopher McQuarrie‘s Jack Reacher, which stars Tom Cruise as Lee Child‘s ultra-capable former military cop Jack Reacher. Unfortunately, for those who haven’t read the source novel One Shot, it’s also the most plot-heavy trailer yet.

While the voiceover narration here is in Japanese, you won’t need a translation to understand that this trailer sets out the first act of the movie pretty much beat by beat. For those who do know the book, this will point out a few more small changes taken on the road to the screen (such as the precise sniping incident that sets the plot in motion) even as it gives a nice little thrill by showing a few more details of the investigation that follows. Read More »

Here are two TV spots for the Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher, in which Cruise plays the ex-MP wanderer of the film’s title. Created by author Lee Child, Jack Reacher is a character who lives in more than a dozen novels full of violence and danger. And while the trailers for the film, and these spots, demonstrate that the violence is indeed a part of the big-screen incarnation, they also suggest that it is a bit less dangerous.

But at least director Werner Herzog plays the bad guy, and the first of two spots below will give you just a bit of a taste of his approach, in case you missed him in the last theatrical trailer.  Read More »

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have developed quite a good working relationship. Before the writer/director was responsible for the script and direction of Cruise’s upcoming Jack Reacher, he wrote the star vehicle Valkyrie, and after making Jack Reacher did script work on Cruise’s All You Need is Kill, and on Top Gun 2 before it went on hiatus.

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Shawn Ryan (The Shield) scripted some time ago, and now Paramount is ready to bring in Christopher McQuarrie — who did script work on the latest Mission: Impossible, and wrote and directed the latest Tom Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher — to script and potentially direct. Will Cruise star in this one, too? Read More »

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