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'Mission: Impossible 5' Production Recently Went on Hold While Ending was Revised

Mission: Impossible 5: filming on hold as ending is reworked

Last month, Paramount decided against pitting the Tom Cruise-headlined Mission: Impossible 5 against Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens in the December 2015 box office frame. The studio thus bumped up Ethan Hunt's latest adventure to a less-competitive spot: the last day of July this year; meaning, the marketing push for the film will be getting underway soon than expected (while the window for its post-production is now much smaller).

Hence, it's natural to be somewhat taken aback by today's new update on Mission: Impossible 5's progress: that the project recently took a brief rest from filming, in order for co-writer and director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) to rework the movie's finale. However, before anyone starts panicking, it doesn't sound as though Cruise's new big screen thriller is in any real (or, rather, major) trouble for the time being.

This Mission: Impossible 5 news arrives courtesy of THR, which reports that the break in production was to allow time for the finale to be revised by McQuarrie and a "writer friend" who will neither be paid nor credited. The situation somewhat recalls how Edge of Tomorrow co-writer Jez Butterworth isn't credited for helping on the script for the upcoming James Bond movie, Spectre (which he did as a favor to director Sam Mendes), on the eve of production getting started.

Here's more insight on the situation, via THR's article:

"Chris [McQuarrie], Tom [Cruise] and a third person wanted to take a minute to get from what they thought was a good place to a more perfect place," says this person, noting that if the studio had been really concerned, it would not have moved up the release date.

McQuarrie, for his part, has responded to THR's report as follows via his official Twitter account - clarifying that, as of right now, filming on Mission: Impossible 5 is (back) ongoing:

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