Your mission should you choose to accept it…. Eight words that signify the start of white knuckle espionage carried out by IMF Agent Ethan Hunt. Hunt is portrayed by the living legend, Tom Cruise. Paramount Pictures discloses that they have release dates set for Mission Impossible part 7 and 8. M:I7 will drop July 23, 2021 and M:I8 will explode onto the big screen August 5, 2022.
The franchise is arguably the world’s most successful spy franchise, outside of the 007 series. Contrary to 007 and its ever-changing landscape of actors to inhabit the role of the agent who prefers it shaken and not stirred. Tom Cruise has been rappelling down into enemy bases since before most of the crowd who’ll see M:I7 and M:I8 were born. Fans of M:I Fallout can rest assured the franchise is in good hands as Academy Award winning director Christopher McQuarrie will continue to oversee and direct.
Paramount Pictures CEO and Chairman, Jim Gianopulos expressed his pleasure stating “We couldn’t be more excited to build on the massive success of ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout’ by reteaming with Chris and Tom on these next two films, following two successful collaborations.”
It appears that Paramount and Cruise have found their man. Counting M:I7 and M:I8, this will mark the 4th collaboration from the bunch within the world of IMF. McQuarrie and Cruise began their director actor collaboration with 2015’s M:I Rogue Nation. Though the two had worked together on projects in which McQuarrie served in a screenwriting capacity. McQuarrie scripted the 2008 Bryan Singer directed film Valkyrie. In addition, McQuarrie scripted 2012’s Cruise vehicle Jack Reacher, and 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow, before getting a director’s spot-on Mission Impossible Rogue Nation. Later McQuarrie and Cruise would collaborate on the 2017 remake of The Mummy.
Mark my words, Mission Impossible is one of the strongest franchises currently making the rounds. Most movies struggle with a sequel. A fault that Mission Impossible contended with when Hong Kong action director John Woo took a turn with the franchise. Not that it was bad, it just was more Woo and less of what was established by Brian De Palma. Since that film, the series has only grown stronger while increasing its ambitions for action set pieces. What stunt do you think Tom Cruise will pull off in the next film?
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