‘Mission: Impossible 6’: Paramount Backs Tom Cruise for Another Sequel

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Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore is ready for more Ethan Hunt, strongly endorsing Tom Cruise’s recent announcement that “Mission: Impossible 6” is in the works.

“We’re very happy to be developing this movie with Tom,” Moore told Variety. “There’s no question that Ethan Hunt deserves another film.”

The veteran executive was basking in the glow of a $121 million global opening for “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” — $56 million in the U.S. and another $65 million from 40% of international markets. “The international brand is as strong as ever,” he added.

It was the first public comment by Paramount execs — who tend to take a measured approach in discussing future films. Even as “Rogue Nation” opened on Friday, the studio was insisting that its tracking showed a $40 million U.S. opening, even though the final figure turned out to be 40% higher.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak, said he’s not surprised that another “Mission: Impossible” is in the works.

“I think it’s very smart,” he added. “Given the performance of ‘Rogue Nation,’ there has to be another movie.”

Cruise revealed plans on Tuesday to return in the Ethan Hunt role for a sixth “Mission: Impossible,” asserting that shooting could start as early as a year from now.

“We’re starting to work on it now. We’ll probably start shooting it next summer,” he told host Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.”

The previous four “Mission: Impossible” films have grossed a combined $2 billion at the worldwide box office. “Rogue Nation,” which carries a $150 million pricetag, is produced by Cruise along with J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.

Christopher McQuarrie directed from a screenplay he wrote with Drew Pearce. Each “Mission: Impossible” has employed a different director. The previous films were directed by Brian De Palma, John Woo, Abrams and Brad Bird.

Cruise, 53, is currently shooting drug thriller “Mena” with Doug Liman directing. He also said during the show Tuesday that he’s discussed an “Edge of Tomorrow” sequel with McQuarrie and Liman, who wrote and directed the sci-fier, respectively.

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  1. Adam says:

    I have a good name for Mission Impossible 6 how about Mission Impossible 6 security agency

  2. They should add Ronda Rousey to the cast.

  3. Rally says:

    I sure hope they keep Pegg and Renner too. I missed Paula Patton in MI5.

  4. Eathan Edwards says:

    Great news. McQuarrie is the best thing that’s happened to TC in 10 years.

  5. Jim says:

    I’m sure it’s a solid movie but I’d like to see Hollywood coming up with new stuff and not just recycling the same stuff over and over. Just from the previews, you could see how formulaic this movie is….these MI movies are all very formulaic. I think their box office numbers were more a sign of nothing else good opening this weekend….Vacation bombed, Pixels has been a bomb, Minions and Ant-Man have been out a few weeks. People are desperate to see halfway decent movies because movies have been so awful, for the most part, the last few years. Furious 7 did $147 million domestic/$392 million worldwide in its opening weekend….so these MI numbers need to be put in perspective. MI had a solid opening weekend but its hardly a universal mandate for more of these movies. It will end up being profitable, especially with the booming foreign box office carrying a lot of movies these days, and that will certainly be enough for the studio to go forward with a sequel. But this just epitomizes the problem with Hollywood today. Studios are all run by corporate suits who would rather play it safe and turn a small profit on something with name/brand recognition that is less risky than make anything new and fresh.

    • sanchit says:

      Then ppl like u who comment here on how much ff7 earned in its first weekend should also watch new movies like edge of tomorrow in their first weekend and ensure them to be successes that they deserve to be.

  6. My wife and i loved the M:I Rogue Nation I whas extremely happy they had the original M:I Theme at the opening and that in the movie they used some good M:I theme from MI 3 what reminds me the Mission Impossible 64 game music. I hope that M:I movie will be as sucess many many more years so that it will have as much movie as star wars or let us say James bond.And hope they will have many good story lines so that MI movies will coming.

  7. buffalobilly says:

    some things, mr movie stah, are more important than $$$$

  8. IT 2 IT says:

    Decades STALE theme park BLLLEH – – -and the ever expanding
    mafia franchise slum.

  9. T M says:

    Great movie. How did all of the experts get is so wrong with their box office predictions? The rep and his team from Rentrak were predicting $35-$40 million as late as Friday. Seemed like an easy call to go over $50 million with the great reviews, marketing push and strong Thursday box office. Looking forward to the next one.

    • Jim says:

      Studios contribute to those forecasts….with a movie like this, studios try to downplay the forecasts so that they can beat the forecast and get a “win”. If they had predicted $60 million, then all these bloggers would be saying how the movie disappointed because it didn’t reach the projected $60 million.

      • TM says:

        Agreed but in my opinion, by predicting the movie will only make $35-$40 million (and be the 3rd lowest movie of the year to hit number 1 behind SPY and TOMORROWLAND), it implies the movie either isn’t that good or people are uninterested. I think missing the mark by $15-$20 million makes the studios and the experts look either uninformed or not confident in the product.

  10. Janet says:

    Smart move by Paramount. Sony should take notes. Compare this film to Adam Sandler’s and Seth Rogen’s garbage. People PAY to see films, entertain us. “Mission” entertains.

    • Tony says:

      You may not like Seth Rogen, but his films make money and are regularly well-reviewed. Adam Sandler, on the other hand, hasn’t been able to do either of those things in several years unless it’s called Grown Ups. His laziness is showing so clearly in his latest movies – it’s a shame because he’s capable of doing so much better.

  11. Cath says:

    Keep the plot interesting, the stunts fantastic, and the length tight. The kiss of death in action movies is a sequence that goes on too long.

  12. Paully says:

    Or.. Perhaps Doug Liman.. Edge of Tom was fantastic..

  13. Paully says:

    Maybe they could get Brad Bird back to direct..

  14. Spider says:

    Paramount would be fools not to green light another MI flick. Hope Tom Cruise continues to deliver and hopefully, inspire other 80s icons like Stallone to consider quality over quantity. I can only imagine what a higher caliber “Expendables” flick would be like, with real acting (that’ll be the day! :). Not to mention, re-invigorate the next chapter of the careers of those involved. Anything is possible……………. Tom is wise to continue working with directors that can get the best out of him. (McQuarrie, Liman, Bird). Enjoyed, “Rogue Nation”. Looking forward to the next one. Congrats, Tom.

  15. Justin Banda says:

    These movies are good, but like other long-running franchises around currently (I’m looking you, Fast and Furious) there’s always room for improvement, and somewhere after the five-movie mark is when the creators tend to go off the rails in the best way possible. Can’t wait for more.

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