Mission: Impossible 5, the highly anticipated sequel to the smash hit Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, was originally set to come out in theaters this Christmas. However, due to the presence of a little indie film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which opens a week earlier), Paramount opted it would best serve their product if they moved it to a less competitive time frame, settling on July 31, 2015.
Fans are no doubt excited that the next installment in the long-running action franchise will be arriving five months earlier than expected, but the decision presents quite a logistical nightmare for the marketing department. Initially, they believed they would have all year to put together a campaign, and now their time has been cut in half. With so little time to go before the film comes out, when will we see some marketing materials? According to director Christopher McQuarrie: soon.
The filmmaker took part in an extensive Q&A session on Twitter that exclusively dealt with M:I 5. Items discussed included the movie's official title, the debut for the trailer, and the tone he's going for with this movie. You can head over to CBM to read the entire Q&A. We have presented some noteworthy details in a bullet list below:
- Both the film's title and first trailer will be revealed "very soon."
- Fans will be able to tell from the first preview how McQuarrie's take on the franchise will differ from previous installments.
- He is going for more of an old-school feel, paying homage to Brian De Palma's 1996 original as well as the classic TV series.
- Contrary to recent reports, the film's finale did not have to be reshot. It was being prepped and the team is finishing it now.
- Sean Harris (Prometheus) will be portraying the film's villain.
- Both Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames have expanded roles when compared to their time in Ghost Protocol.
- Simon Pegg's character will spend more time in the field and "get his hands dirty."
- Paula Patton and Maggie Q were asked to reprise their roles from previous installments, but both declined due to scheduling conflicts.
Those looking for more concrete aspects like an official synopsis will be left wondering what exactly the film is about, but since this is a Mission: Impossible film, that'll be easy to put together. In all honesty, this was a very candid and appreciated look at the process of making the film, and we encourage readers to check out the full session.
One item of note that will be sure to get fans talking is the revelation that both Patton and Maggie Q passed on the opportunity to return. Throughout the pre-production phase of M:I 5, nothing was said of their potential involvement; in Patton's case, it was largely expected she would be sitting this one out. She was working on Duncan Jones' Warcraft and Rebecca Ferguson was cast as a character described as "Tom Cruise's right-hand woman."
Still, it's an interesting bit of trivia that she was considered, as it illustrates how McQuarrie was striving for continuity in the team from one film to the next.
It also shouldn't come as a shock to viewers that the new movie will have a different feel when compared to its predecessors. Whereas most film series will look to maintain some consistency in their tone, M:I has always been a hodgepodge of filmmaking styles, ranging from the twisty espionage thriller of De Palma's first installment to the rollicking globe-trotting adventure Brad Bird gave us in Ghost Protocol. In a way, that has helped keep the franchise fresh after all these years, giving audiences something new each time around.
There are more than a few big-budget sequels to some high profile franchises coming out in 2015, many of which have had several months to slowly raise awareness and build anticipation leading up to their theatrical releases.
Paramount will have to work overtime to get M:I 5 up to that level, as the last-minute change removes the luxury of gradual reveals. They need to hit the ground running now, and hopefully McQuarrie's tweets are just the beginning of a bevy of M:I 5 information this month.
Mission: Impossible 5 will hit theaters July 31.
Source: Christopher McQuarrie (via CBM)