A little less than a year remains before the highly anticipated seventh Mission: Impossible film, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. As of September, filming on Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two has already begun. Tom Cruise revealed the films’ titles at CinemaCon’s Paramount Pictures panel earlier this year.
Unlike the first four films, the next two will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. An interview with Light the Fuse, a Mission: Impossible podcast, revealed what the title Dead Reckoning means.
Having come up with the title, McQuarrie knew it applied to Part Two more than to Part One, which is why it ended up being Part One and Part Two. “ In the first movie, the title was nearly … like the title of Ghost Protocol, it was government policy – it wasn’t a government policy; it was the government, what would you call it?
It is a measure used by the government as a last resort, but with catastrophic results. By the end of Part One, those circumstances had distilled down into an entirely different set that appears in Part Two and not in Part One. In this case, the word wouldn’t have been appropriate for Part One’s title.”
While Dead Reckoning sounded cool, what did it really have to do with the movie until we started to work with the movie’s beginning and realized that, while it sounded cool, what did it really mean? As we started digging deeper and deeper into the character journey of Ethan [Hunt], it began to take on deeper and deeper meanings.
Throughout this film we’re in, you’ll see how thematically and conceptually thematic it is and how it is represented in every character’s journey.” It was reported earlier this year that the next two movies would be Cruise’s “culmination” role.
It is reported that Cruise wants to have Part Two completed before the seventh film releases so that the transition between them is seamless. The eighth film was about to start production in South Africa in February. In the seventh installment, Cruise is joined by Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby.
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A couple of newcomers to the franchise will be Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff. The cast has been announced to include Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2), Charles Parnell (Top Gun: Maverick), Indira Varma (Game of Thrones), and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock). Henry Czerny, who played Kittridge in the first Mission: Impossible, will make his first franchise appearance since 1996.
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