ByNabil Ehab, writer at Creators.co

Mission: Impossible

(also known in the Blu-ray release as M:I) is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, produced by and starring Tom Cruise. Based on the television series of the same name, the plot follows Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his mission to uncover the mole who has framed him for the murders of his entire IMF team. Work on the script had begun early with filmmaker Sydney Pollack on board, before De Palma, Steven Zaillian, David Koepp, and Robert Towne were brought in. Mission: Impossible went into pre-production without a shooting script. De Palma came up with some action sequences, but Koepp and Towne were dissatisfied with the story that led up to those events.

U2 band members Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton produced an electronic dance version of the original theme song. The song went into top ten of music charts around the world and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. The film was the third-highest-grossing of the year and received positive reviews from film critics. The film marked the beginning of a film series, with sequels Mission: Impossible II, III, Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation released in 2000, 2006, 2011 and 2015 [3] respectively.

Mission: Impossible (1996)[edit]

Main article: Mission: Impossible (film)

Released in 1996. Ethan Hunt is framed for the murder of his fellow IMF agents during a Prague Embassy mission gone wrong and wrongly accused of selling government secrets to a mysterious international criminal known only as "Max". The action spy film was directed by Brian De Palma, and was produced by and starred Tom Cruise. Work on the script had begun early with filmmaker Sydney Pollack on board, before De Palma, Steven Zaillian, David Koepp, and Robert Towne were brought in. Mission: Impossible went into pre-production without a shooting script. De Palma came up with some action sequences, but Koepp and Towne were dissatisfied with the story that led up to those events. U2 band members Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton produced an electronic dance version of the original theme song. The song went into top ten of music charts around the world and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. The film was the third-highest-grossing of the year and received positive reviews from film critics.

Mission: Impossible II (2000)[edit]

Main article: Mission: Impossible II

Released in 2000. Ethan Hunt sends Nyah Nordoff-Hall undercover to stop an ex-IMF agent's mad scheme to steal a deadly virus and sell the antidote to the highest bidder. The film was directed by John Woo and starred Tom Cruise, who also served as the film's producer. Cruise reprises his role as agent Ethan Hunt of the IMF, a top-secret espionage and clandestine operation agency. The movie has strong thematic similarities with Alfred Hitchcock's 1946 spy thriller Notorious.[2]

Mission: Impossible III (2006)[edit]

Main article: Mission: Impossible III

Released in 2006. Ethan Hunt, retired from being an IMF team leader and engaged to be married, assembles a team to face a ruthless arms and information broker intending to sell a mysterious dangerous object known as "The Rabbit's Foot".

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)[edit]

Main article: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Released in 2011. Ethan Hunt, as well as the entire IMF are placed with the blame of the bombing of the Kremlin. He and three others must stop a man bent on starting a global nuclear war.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)[edit]

Main article: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

The IMF agency comes under threat from the Syndicate, a near-mythical organization of assassins and rogue operatives who kill to order. Faced with the IMF's disbandment, Ethan Hunt assembles his team for their final and most difficult mission —to prove the Syndicate's existence and bring the organization down by any means necessary.

A fifth Mission: Impossible film will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie[3] and Drew Pearce will be writing the film.[4] Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have signed a deal with Tom Cruise to reprise the role of Ethan Hunt and produce.[5] Jeremy Renner is reported to return as William Brandt.[6] On November 13, 2013, a release date of December 25, 2015 was announced.[7] In November 2013, Simon Pegg confirmed that he will reprise his role as Benji.[8] In May 2014, Will Staples was announced as working on the script for the fifth film.[9] Cruise confirmed the fifth installment of the film will shoot in London.[10] In June, Renner confirmed he'll return for the fifth installment.[11] The film will be shot in Vienna in August before heading to the UK.[12]

In July 2014, Rebecca Ferguson was cast and Alec Baldwin was in talks for the fifth film.[13][14]

In August 2014, it was confirmed that Ving Rhames, who played Luther Stickell in the first four films, will return for the fifth film.[15]

Filming for the fifth film of the series began in August 2014. On August 21, 2014, the first photos from the set in Vienna, Austria were released.[16]

On January 26, 2015, Paramount brought the release date forward to July 31, 2015. The main reason cited by The Hollywood Reporter was to avoid competition with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Spectre.[17]

On February 20, 2015, production was halted as the filmmakers were having trouble coming up with a satisfactory ending. According to reports, McQuarrie was given extra time to work out a new finale with a writer whose identity was not revealed.[18] Next day, McQuarrie confirmed via Twitter that the original ending was moving forward.[19] Some photos from the London set were also released.[20] Filming ended on March 12, 2015, confirmed by the director's tweet.[21]

Future[edit]

On May 23, 2015, The Tracking Board reports that Paramount are development a sixth Mission: Impossible film with Cruise, Abrams, Ellison and Goldberg returning to produced the film, along with Don Granger and Matt Grimm executive produced and Elizabeth Raposo will overseeing development. There're reports that Paula Patton and Maggie Q are returning for future films.

On May 25th, 2015, a new report has surfaced saying Paramount Pictures is already developing Mission: Impossible 6. At this time, no cast members are officially set to return for the sequel, but Tom Cruise will again be producing along with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg at Skydance Productions and J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot.

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