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Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” franchise got its start in 1996 with “Carrie” and “Scarface” auteur Brian De Palma in the director’s chair. The spy thriller was made for $80 million and became a worldwide hit with $457 million at the global box office. The film’s success made a “Mission: Impossible” sequel a priority for Tom Cruise, but De Palma rejected his star’s plea for a follow-up movie. In a new interview with the Associated Press to promote his novel “Are Snakes Necessary?,” De Palma said he turned down Cruise by telling the actor that one “Mission: Impossible” movie was enough.
“Stories, they keep making them longer and longer only for economic reasons,” De Palma said. “After I made ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Tom asked me to start working on the next one. I said, 'Are you kidding? One of these is enough. Why would anybody want to make another one?' Of course, the reason they make another one is to make money. I was never a movie director to make money, which is the big problem of Hollywood. That's the corruption of Hollywood.”
De Palma does not get the appeal of “Mission: Impossible” sequels, but they’ve proven to be hugely lucrative for Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures. De Palma’s original spawned six sequels, with two additional “Mission: Impossible” films now in development that will bring the franchise to an eight-film total. The most recent entries, Christopher McQuarrie’s 2018 actioner “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” received universal acclaim and made $791 million worldwide, the highest grossing “Mission: Impossible” movie yet. De Palma might be against “Mission: Impossible” sequels, but he looks back fondly on his first and only entry.
“In my mid-50s doing ‘Carlito's Way’ and then ‘Mission: Impossible,’ it doesn't get much better than that,” De Palma said. “You have all the power and tools at your disposal. When you have the Hollywood system working for you, you can do some remarkable things. But as your movies become less successful, it gets harder to hold on to the power and you have to start making compromises. I don't know if you even realize you're making them. I tend to be very hard-nosed about this. If you have a couple of good decades, that's good, that's great.”
De Palma added he’s not impressed by Hollywood movies these days. “The thing that drives me crazy is the way they look,” he said. “Because they're shooting digitally they're just lit terribly. I can't stand the darkness, the bounced light. They all look the same. I believe in beauty in cinema. Susan and I were...
It’s time for yet another very attractive person to accept a Mission or two. Pom Klementieff, who plays Mantis in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and was recently seen in the new season of Black Mirror, has joined the Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 casts, according to director Christopher McQuarrie. Specifics of Klementieff’s role have yet to be revealed, but we’re guessing it will involve tons of kicking, punching, and of course, running. Lots and lots of running.
[email protected], How do you spell femme fatale? #MI78 pic.twitter.com/OYnPYxGOZM
— Christopher McQuarrie @chrismcquarrie November 19, 2019
Meet the latest Mission: Impossible femme fatale: Pom Klementieff. McQuarrie referring to Klementieff as a “femme fatale” in the tweet above suggests her character will be a potential villain, or at least someone with shady allegiances. Rebecca Ferguson‘s Ilsa Faust was definitely a femme fatale when she joined the series, but she’s turned into an honorary member of the team at this point.
McQuarrie is shooting Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 back-to-back. Tom Cruise will return as Ethan Hunt, because of course he will. Rebecca Ferguson is back as well, and it’s safe to assume Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames will show up at some point. And hey, maybe Wolf Blitzer will come back, too! Probably not, though. Klementieff isn’t the only new addition to the franchise, though. Hayley Atwell is also set to appear in both films.
Plot details about the next two Missions are currently underwraps, but the franchise has built up a lot of goodwill and become a must-see, especially with McQuarrie at the helm. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, McQuarrie’s first time directing a Mission, was phenomenal, and his follow-up, Mission: Impossible – Fallout was one of the most thrilling action movies in recent memory. In short, as long as he’s making these movies, they’re worth getting excited about.
“I pitched the idea of making two movies, and now I have to justify why it’s two movies,” McQuarrie told tells Empire. “You’ve got to earn that. You’ve got to make something that swallows the last three movies whole. I’m freaked out now. We’ve talked ourselves into something. Holy shit.”
Mission: Impossible 7 opens July 23, 2021 and Mission: Impossible 8 arrives August 5, 2022.
Most of us are looking to kill some time right now, what with being cooped up in the house and all. What better way to do that than to watch one of the most beloved movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the director that brought it to life? Those who enjoy 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy will have the chance to do just that tonight, as James Gunn is attending an online watch party for his first MCU entry.
The folks at Comicbook.com have been hosting a #QuarantineWatchParty series during this period of self-isolation and social distancing. During some of these events, filmmakers who helped make the movies have joined in to share insight about the movies. James Gunn, taking to Twitter, recently revealed that he will be attending the Guardians of the Galaxy watch party. Here's what he had to say.'Okay I'll make it to this #GotG #QuarantineWatchParty tomorrow night at 9 pm EST.'
Guardians of the Galaxy marked a major turning point in the MCU. Up to that point, Marvel Studios had largely played it safe with characters that were at least semi-popular or well known to comic book readers. Even the most devoted comic fans were, at best, tangentially familiar with this obscure group prior to the movie. That makes what James Gunn did all the more impressive, as he turned a rag-tag group of aliens, led by a human named Star-Lord, along with a talking tree and raccoon, and turned it into one of the most surprising blockbusters of the last decade. It also expanded the scope of what the MCU could be and helped pave the way for movies like Doctor Strange and Black Panther. It also led to a sequel, 2017's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
With that, having James Gunn watch along and share insight about the movie sounds like a solid way to kill a couple of hours. Who knows? Maybe someone will finally find the one, big elusive Easter egg that hasn't been discovered yet. James Gunn, meanwhile is currently busy working on The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., which wrapped filming before the widespread production shutdown went into effect. After he's done with the DC universe, he'll be heading back over to Marvel to work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will be part of Phase 5 of the MCU.
Guardians of the Galaxy was a massive box office hit, grossing $772 million and earning high praise from critics upon release. To this day, it is consistently ranked as one of the best MCU movies to date. Those who wish to attend the #QuarantineWatchParty simply need to push play on a copy of the movie, be it a physical or digital one, at 9 p.m. EST. The movie is also available to stream on Disney+. For more information, head on over to Comicbook.com.