When it comes to stunts and the Mission: Impossible franchise, the motto is “go big or go home.” The ante was upped considerably in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which saw Tom Cruise literally hang from the tallest building in the world. Somehow, Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie topped that in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation by hanging Cruise outside of a plane while it took off from the runway. Again, insane. So what in the world do they have planned for Mission: Impossible 6, which McQuarrie is again writing and directing? Apparently the biggest stunt Cruise has ever done in his career.
Collider’s Steve Weintraub recently spoke with Skydance Media CEO David Ellison at SXSW for the premiere of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Life, and during their interview Ellison also offered an update on Mission: Impossible 6, which he’s producing. He revealed that filming on the sequel begins on April 10th and will be shooting in Paris, London, and New Zealand, and when asked what kind of stunt they have planned as the centerpiece this time around, Ellison said Cruise has already been training since Rogue Nation came out:
“We’re thrilled. Chris is back, obviously, writing and directing after Rogue Nation. We could not be more excited about the character Henry Cavill’s going to play. And I will say after the Burj [Khalifa] we thought it was going to be impossible to top that stunt, and then Tom did the A400M for the plane. What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable—he’s been training for a year. It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out. It’s gonna be mind-blowing.”
Ellison said the production schedule for Mission: Impossible 6 will be similar to the other movies—90-100 days, filming in three countries—so it’ll be interesting to see if news breaks of this sequence during filming or if they’re able to keep it under wraps. Either way, it sounds like we’re in for a treat when the sequel hits theaters on July 27, 2018.
Update: Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie responded to Ellison’s comments with the following statement. We’ve updated the story to reflect the correct verbiage:
To be clear: it’s a SEQUENCE Cruise has spent a year training for. Not a stunt.
The stunts are a hobby.
Superman himself has officially joined the Mission: Impossible crew.
Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the news that Henry Cavill has signed on to the upcoming sixth installment in the long-running action series in a unique way on Instagram Thursday evening.
“Say, @henrycavill. Had a thought. Curious if you’re interested in a role in the 6th installment of Mission: Impossible. No pressure.,” the director wrote to caption a photo of himself atop a rocky outcrop near a river.
“Oh ok…I’m in!” the Batman v Superman star replied.
One of the most widely anticipated of scenes in Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy is the zero gravity plane sequence. The scene first came to the attention of fans last December when the first trailer was released. With just under three months to go before The Mummy is awakened in theaters and IMAX, Universal has released a brand new look at the zero gravity plane sequence that you could view below.
If this scene looks exciting enough to be made into a ride, that’s because it has. Premiering during SXSW (South by Southwest), The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience aimed to place attendees right in the middle of the madness. While reviews have said that The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience did not replicate the feeling of being weightless, many have said that it was still “very entertaining in its own right.” While there has been no mention of The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience touring, it would not be surprising is this were to tour during opening weekend of the new film set as the first chapter in the Universal Monsters Universe of films. Expect places like The Grove in Los Angeles and AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 to be host to The Mummy Zero Gravity VR Experience in the coming months.
Tom attended the dinner hosted at Buckingham Palace honoring the 75th anniversary of the U.K.-based organization, where he met The Duke of Edinburgh, last night.
Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner are also expected to return, though it’s unknown in what capacity.
Christopher McQuarrie, who directed “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” is back to direct this sixth film from a script he wrote.
Details behind who Kirby will play as well as the plot for the latest pic are unknown at this time. The role is expected to be on the same level as Ferguson’s in the last pic. Cruise and execs had begun meeting with talent for the role earlier in month as the film is expected to shoot this spring.
Tom Cruise finally joins the Pop! family!
The Funko concept art includes Cruise as Nick Morton, as well as Sofia Boutella as both the Mummy and her human form, Princess Ahmanet.
This week, the Empire Podcast marked its milestone 250th episode recording live at the Prince Charles Cinema – where, in front of a sold-out crowd, we welcomed the writer/director/raconteur Christopher McQuarrie. An old friend of the podcast (he was the interviewee for our mammoth three-hour Rogue Nation Spoiler Special), McQuarrie is currently in London prepping the currently-untitled Mission: Impossible sequel, and seemed only too happy let us know how things were going.
“It’s going great!,” he enthusiastically told us. “We start shooting on April 10th in Paris. It’s a very different Ethan Hunt, I can promise you that.” Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson are confirmed to return, of course, but McQuarrie teased some old faces returning from the franchise – ”including people you would not expect to be back.”
We asked the filmmaker how on Earth he planned to top Rogue Nation’s signature opening stunt, which saw Cruise’s Ethan Hunt hang of the side of a plane. “I don’t know!” was his response. “And I have to find out by April 10th. I may have found something today. I came to Tom with a picture of something and Tom looked at it and said, ‘That’s awesome! I want to fall off of that!’ It’s like, OK, I can see it on a poster, and I can see Tom falling off of it.”
McQuarrie offered no specifics as to what The Cruiser would fall off, but did reveal that M:I 6 would not open in such a bombastic way as its predecessor: “It starts in a very unconventional way,” he explained. “It does not start with action. That was the hardest pitch of this movie.”
He also hinted that it would delve deeper into character study territory. “I’ve seen five of these movies and I don’t know who Ethan Hunt is. One movie sort of dealt with his personal life; the other movies are about people speculating what’s really going on in Ethan’s head. I want to know who Ethan is in this movie, I want an emotional journey for this character, and Tom really embraced it.”
His approach this time, then, was to say “‘I don’t want to string together a bunch of action scenes, I want to actually deal with character’. So I put Ethan in a bunch of complicated moral quandaries, and I’m trying to find ways to connect them – and then, ironically, the way to connect them was through giant action scenes.”
For the full hour-long interview with Christopher McQuarrie – which includes more on the new Mission: Impossible, his decade-long collaboration with Cruise, his experiences on The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, and The Tourist, and his memories of winning an Oscar – be sure to listen to the full Empire Podcast episode. (You can also subscibe via our iTunes page or listen on our SoundCloud page.