Mission Impossible, Tom Cruise leaves after chapters 7 and 8?

Mission Impossible, Tom Cruise leaves after chapters 7 and 8?

Mission Impossible

After breaking the box office with Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise is ready to return to the cinema with another saga that has marked his career: Mission Impossible. The next appointment with the action franchise is scheduled for July 2023, when the seventh chapter Dead Reckoning: Part One arrives in theaters. Initially scheduled for release in the summer of 2021, the film was postponed for two years due to Covid, but will be followed the following year by Dead Reckoning: Part Two, scheduled to debut in June 2024. Nothing is known about the plot of these new adventures, apart from the fact that some scenes were shot between Rome and Venice, but there are those who speculate that they could represent the epilogue regarding Cruise as secret agent Ethan Hunt.

After all, the title, Dead Reckoning, which we could translate as "reckoning", could suggest a rather definitive narrative turn. And it's not the first time we've recently seen a multi-year action saga come to an end (albeit a temporary one): just think of James Bond's fate in No Time To Die. However, there are those who are ready to bet that the final word has not been written in all respects. Among these is definitely Christopher McQuarrie, a long-time collaborator of Cruise: after rewriting parts of the script for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in 2011, he became the director of the next two chapters, Rogue Nation and Fallout, before embarking on directing. also of the two Dead Reckonings.

According to McQuarrie, in fact, the news about Tom Cruise's abandonment are unfounded: "I have been working with him for 15 years and I can't tell you the number of times I was next to him, I saw something happen with my eyes and then the next day I read exactly the opposite in the newspapers, ”he told an American podcast in reference to rumors about a possible death of the protagonist. “In today's world, just wait 17 minutes and another piece of news takes the place of the previous one,” says the director. Not a completely crystalline way to deny the news, however, and this suggests that there will be details in the next films that will be fundamental to understand the future of Ethan Hunt and his interpreter, but that cannot be revealed for now. On the other hand, Cruise has been the face of this saga since the first film was released in 1996: is it time to turn the page?

Tom Cruise Not Leaving ‘Mission: Impossible’ After Next Movies? Director Says Most Reports About Actor Aren’t True

Speculation abounds about whether Tom Cruise will bow out of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise following the release of parts one and two of the “Dead Reckoning” entries. Sources told Variety previously that the “Dead Reckoning — Part 1″ and ‘Dead Reckoning — Part 2” will serve as a kind of “sendoff” for Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, whom he’s been playing since 1996.

But in a recent interview on the “Light the Fuse” podcast, while director Christopher McQuarrie would neither confirm nor refute such speculation, he did have a word of caution: Don’t believe every report you read about Tom Cruise. (Via Variety.)

“Let me tell you, I’ve been working with Tom Cruise for 15 years and I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been standing next to the man, witnessed an event and then read about it in the trades the next day and none of what they describe is actually true,” McQuarrie said.


Here’s one example: “We were in Birmingham shooting a scene between Tom and Haley [Atwell]. The next day I read an article in the paper that said Tom and four other guests went out to dinner at an Indian restaurant. I read that Tom insisted on sitting at a table not in a private room but in the main restaurant with the other diners and that Tom ordered three orders of chicken masala because he liked it so much.”

McQuarrie said that he called “Tom the next day and said, ‘There’s something weird about this article. It’s 100% factually correct!’ That’s the first time I’ve read an article in which everything happened exactly as written.”

McQuarrie also spoke to another erroneous tidbit floating around reports surrounding the pandemic-delayed double bill: “I read that ‘Mission’ was going to be shot concurrently and then we decided not to do that,” he said. “When you read articles in the trades, just put the imaginary word in front of the headline: ‘The Agenda Is…’ When you read ‘anonymous sources’ or ‘sources close to the production say,’ that’s somebody putting it out there for a specific reason. That’s someone wanting others to think that for a specific reason, and you can never know for sure what those reasons are. You learn to ignore it and laugh at it. In today’s world, you wait 17 minutes, and another news cycle will sweep it away.”

McQuarrie, who directed both entries, said that he’s working on another, even “gnarlier” film with Cruise. “It’s kind of under wraps. It has neither a fuse nor a fuselage. Oh, that’s not true… It does have some fuselages. It’s something we’ve talked about for a really long time. It’s way outside of what you’re used to seeing Tom do. It’s the kind of stuff I really love. It’s a little bit more in my wheelhouse. And yet it takes everything we’ve learned on this journey, which is making movies more and more about emotion and real emotional experiences.”

Paramount will launch “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1” in theaters on July 14, 2023, with “Dead Reckoning Part 2” hitting theaters on June 28, 2024.

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