Love him or hate him, very few people have been churning out blockbusters for as long as Tom Cruise. And out of all the blockbusters he has been a part of, his most successful franchise is without a doubt Mission: Impossible. The franchise has grossed nearly $1 billion domestically over five films released between 1996 and 2015.
The series was reinvigorated in 2011 with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which grossed nearly $700 million worldwide, and garnered a 94% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This showing guaranteed that a fifth film would be made, and in 2015 Tom Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Rogue Nation, which was pushed its release up to July to avoid competition with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, grossed over $680 million worldwide (good for second best in the franchise), and also achieved a 93% Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.
With the last two films in the Mission: Impossible franchise being both commercial and critical successes, it became a no brainer that a sixth film would soon be made. However, this success put Tom Cruise in quite the bargaining position, and it was recently reported that filming was put on hold while the star of the franchise and Paramount Pictures worked out payments.
Jump to the present and it looks like negotiations have been completed, and the salary dispute settled. THR is reporting that its sources tell them that the salary issue has been resolved, and that this new mission’s filming start date is slated for Spring of 2017. So, Mission Accepted! Mission: Impossible 6 is a go once more.
This deal is not at all shocking. Despite pushing its release date up to July to avoid competition, Rogue Nation still had to earn a profit amidst a very strong Summer 2015. That season, you may recall, included such films as, Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Minions, Inside Out, and Ant-Man. Just looking back over that list (three of which grossed over $1 billion worldwide), it is impressive Rogue Nation was able to do the business it did. This is a testament to Cruise’s star power abroad, and the fact that domestic audiences will show up when a film is well-made and word of mouth is strong – which was the case here.
So far, little is known regarding the sixth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise, but it is known that Rogue Nation director, Christopher McQuarrie is set to return to helm the film. This is good news for the film, as McQuarrie has been on quite a roll lately both as a screenwriter and as a director. He was the main writer or co-writer on Jack Reacher (which is getting its own sequel), Edge of Tomorrow, and Rogue Nation. What we know about the Mission Impossible franchise is as long as the story is fresh, the action superb, and Cruise does a lot of running, fans will show.
Mission: Impossible 6 is expected to begin production in Spring 2017. We’ll let you know when it gets an official release date.