We all got a bit worried last month when it was reported that Mission:Impossible 5 had been deemed "unsatisfactory" by disgruntled executives.
The news followed other rumors that suggested the film was months behind schedule and that director Christopher McQuarrie had been forced to rewrite and reshoot the final third of the hotly anticipated action romp.
Given that the movie is set for release this July, these rumors just about had the entire Mission:Impossible fanbase (myself included) preparing for news of heavy delays and postponements.
But fear not...
Speaking in a refreshingly open and candid online Q&A session on Twitter, McQuarrie finally put an end to the rumors and ramped up excitement levels ahead of the release of the movie's first trailer.
When asked whether or not the ending had to be reshot, he said,
And when someone asked about the rumors McQuarrie had had to receive help with writing the script, he replied,
It appears things were blown out of proportion or taken out of context, with the film being all set for the July release.
The full Q&A session can be viewed here, but here's a few of the most important things we learnt from it:
- 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.
Mission: Impossible 5 is set for release July 31, 2015