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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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 »
Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
As it stands, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has no shortage of crowdpleasing stunts, twists, and turns. But as happens with every movie, there were some bits that just couldn’t make it in the final cut. During a recent interview in New York City, director Chris McQuarrie dished some details on a big moment for Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) that sadly didn’t make the cut.
Read all about the Mission Impossible 5 Benji deleted scene after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
We’re deep into the summer movie season now, with massive tentpoles like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World already behind us. But fear not — there are still more fun times ahead, including next month’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
If you’ve ever seen a Mission: Impossible movie, you already know the drill. IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is once again on the run, and once again he has to engage in a string of death-defying stunts to save himself, his agency, and the world. And once again, it all looks jaw-droppingly cool.
Christopher McQuarrie directed this time around, and Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson, and Alec Baldwin star with Cruise. Watch the new Mission Impossible Rogue Nation trailer after the jump. Read More »
With each Mission: Impossible movie, Tom Cruise tries to raise the bar. Whether it’s hanging off one of the tallest buildings in the world or being strapped to the side of an airplane in flight, he knows that seeing an actor doing a stunt raises the stakes in a film. And while that airplane stunt may have seemed to be the main event in this summer’s Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, that may not be the case.
Talking to USA Today, Cruise said he trained to hold his breath upwards of 6 minutes to film an underwater scene that plays a huge role in the latest trailer. Rewatch the scene and read the Tom Cruise underwater quotes below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his friends are back in the latest trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Directed by Chris McQuarrie, the new movie has Ethan going on the run after he’s disavowed by the government (again), while grappling with a mysterious enemy (again). The plane stunt, though? That’s all new. Watch the new Mission Impossible Rogue Nation trailer after the jump. Read More »
The veil was finally lifted from Mission: Impossible 5 over the weekend as a poster, teaser trailer and the film’s actual title were revealed. In unusual fashion, those elements all dropped barely 24 hours before the arrival of the film’s full trailer — moving up the release date from Christmas to July has really changed the marketing plan for this new film.
And so here’s the full Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation trailer, which previews even more of Cruise’s insane airplane stunt, and also sets up the hunt for the Syndicate, a giant anti-IMF organization. Tickets for the film are even on sale now, and Paramount is offering a deal where a ticket purchase this week comes with an HD download of any previous film in the series. Read More »
Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie dropped a little present for us on Sunday morning. They revealed the first Mission Impossible 5 trailer, along with a poster and title. That title: Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. And, actually, it’s not even the full trailer. It’s a minute-long tease for the full trailer which will hit on Monday, March 23. Still, it’s the best trailer tease you’ve ever seen. None of this 20 seconds and no footage crap.
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Paramount pulled the release of Mission: Impossible 5 up from Christmas of this year to July, and the studio has done such a good job keeping a lid on the film that we don’t don’t really know anything about it. Tom Cruise returns to the lead role of Impossible Mission Force agent Ethan Hunt, and Cruise’s Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is in the director’s chair here, too. We know there’s a big airplane stunt in the movie, and beyond that? Not much. McQuarrie took to Twitter over the weekend to answer a few questions about the movie, however, and his brief Mission: Impossible 5 update is below. Read More »
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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