The last installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise was, to put it lightly, a stellar film. Arguably the best in the series and easily one of the best action films of the last 30 years. The film also featured an absolutely brutal fight scene that was just a pleasure to watch.
The next installment of the spy series has seen a bit of controversy as of late. A rumor was circulating that the production had plans to destroy a century-old bridge on location in Poland. It turns out the gossip had some truth behind it. The film’s director, Christopher McQuarrie explained the situation in a letter to EmpireOnline. An excerpt from which you can read below.
The Story from McQuarrie
“There was never a plan to blow up a 111-year-old protected monument. One individual, for reasons I cannot specify without revealing their identity, claimed they were owed a job on the production for which we felt they were not adequately qualified. When this individual’s demands were not met, they retaliated. They even tried to have this condemned, unsafe and unusable bridge landmarked in the hopes of preventing it from ever being removed and rebuilt (which we understand would be to the detriment of the area’s economic needs). Then they reached out to us to gloat about it.”
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Ahh, I see. The old bitter, disgruntled employee. It sounds like McQuarrie and Co. dodged a few bullets here. I mean, the individual took no issue with going to some pretty extreme lengths. Especially considering his motivation was not landing a job. However, it seems as if the employee’s efforts were futile as we may still get to see the old bridge go boom-boom.
“Mission: Impossible is and always has been a global franchise – one that takes great pride and pleasure in visiting other countries to celebrate other cultures (and, with everyone’s kind permission, occasionally make a bit of cinematic commotion). We would never under any circumstances dream of intentionally causing harm to the cultural or historical landmarks we visit, and take great pains to protect those landmarks we feature.”
More from McQuarrie:
To respect and celebrate the places we film is our prime directive. No one involved in the production asked for permission to destroy a historically significant landmark in Poland. Of course, we’re also happy to get rid of any condemned bridges that might be lying around. Waste not, want not, after all.”
I’m not a huge Mission: Impossible fan. Though I was thoroughly impressed with the last entry. The spy series now spans decades on the big screen, and it doesn’t look like it has any plans to stop. Especially factoring in the incredibly enthusiastic attitude of star Tom Cruise. The guy believes he is capable of anything and everything, and there are not many reasons to doubt him.
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Source: Christopher McQuarry (via Collider, via Empire)