There was once a time when Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was poised to face-off against Warcraft, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Mission: Impossible 5, among other tentpoles at the box office this December. However, over the past year, each of the aforementioned projects have been moved away from that launch frame, for one reason or another - leaving it to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's comedy Sisters to "f***ing crush Star Wars," as Poehler has promised to do.
Mission: Impossible 5 is the most recent addition to the list of franchise installments that've been shifted away from The Force Awakens by their respective studio backers. However, in a surprising turn, Tom Cruise's next big screen adventure as IMF agent Ethan Hunt hasn't been postponed to 2016 (a la Warcraft and Panda) - rather, it has moved forward several months in 2015, instead.
Paramount has now scheduled Mission: Impossible 5 to arrive in U.S. theaters on July 31st this year, while having moved its live-action/CGI Monster Trucks back from May to take the Christmas Day 2015 date previously staked out for Cruise's new globe-trotting espionage thriller. Mission: Impossible 5 is currently facing opening weekend competition from the boxing drama Southpaw (which just moved to that same date last week), as well as the sci-fi thriller Self/Less and the Point Break remake.
This move actually puts Mission: Impossible 5 in a pretty good position to thrive commercially, arriving two weeks after Marvel Studio's Ant-Man and having relatively soft competition at the box office otherwise. However, this also means Paramount has less time overall to market Cruise's film; and is facing a rather short turnaround between the end of production - which began in August 2014 - and the conclusion of post-production. Ant-Man's on a similarly tight schedule, though its post-production demands are heavier than Mission: Impossible 5's, no doubt.
Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is the director on Mission: Impossible 5; besides Cruise, the cast includes Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), among others. Next to nothing has been made official about the screenplay - reportedly co-written by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) and Will Staples (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3) - but we now that, at some point, it calls for Cruise as Agent Hunt to climb around the outside of an Airbus aircraft, mid-flight. So, there's that.
All joking aside, Cruise has been on a roll of late, churning out one rock-solid piece of genre entertainment after another (see: Jack Reacher, Oblivion, Edge of Tomorrow) - and McQuarrie was involved creatively on many of the same films, including Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (for which he did not receive credit). Cruise and McQuarrie's latest collaboration with Mission: Impossible 5 landed on out Anticipated 2015 Movies list for a good reason, so here's to hoping it's not rushed just to make this new summer date.
Mission: Impossible 5 opens in U.S. theaters on July 31st, 2015.
Source: Box Office Mojo