Tom Cruise, also known as Ethan Hunt from the new action blockbuster [Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation](tag:373501), has revealed that there are, indeed, plans for a sixth Mission film to add to the über-successful and still high-octane/intense franchise. Cruise revealed the following on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" a couple nights ago while promoting the 5th film.
Here's what he told Jon:
“We’re starting to work on it now. We’ll probably start shooting it next summer."
Each of the previous films took at least four years of hiatus in between. With the forever young Tom Cruise getting a bit older, time is not necessarily on their side, so the quick turnaround makes a good deal of sense. Representatives from Paramount Picture, who have handled all five films in the franchise, had no comment.
So, the films have been dropped in 1996, 2000, 2006, and 2011. The fifth film hits theaters tomorrow July 31, 2015. In total, the Mission: Impossible franchise has grossed a combined $2 billion at the worldwide box office. It will open in 40 international markets this weekend, including the U.K., Australia, Mexico, and South Korea.
Cruise stars in Rogue Nation, but he is also a producer along with J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and David Ellison. Christopher McQuarrie directed and also collaborated on the screenplay with Drew Pearce.
I enjoyed the film, and I definitely think there's a considerable amount left in the tank - both for Cruise and for the franchise as well.