Spinning out of the 1960’s television series, the 1996 film Mission: Impossible folded some of the ideas and characters from the show into a grand Hollywood blockbuster, with some of the key action sequences spinning out of star Tom Cruise’s own ideas. After a rocky start to production, Mission: Impossible was a success, and spawned a new franchise for Paramount and Cruise going into three other sequels. After starting development on a fourth sequel with a planned release date of Christmas, 2015, we now know that Ethan Hunt will be hitting theaters once again quite a bit sooner than expected.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures has advanced the release date of the as-yet untitled fifth Mission: Impossible film from Christmas day to July 31st, with the original report citing the successful launch of Guardians of the Galaxy last year as proof that the new date can be a successful release date for a film.
The report also states that the production of M:I-5, which is directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who previously directed Cruise in Jack Reacher), is proceeding ahead of schedule, and will complete production earlier than expected. Because of that, Paramount is keen on the idea of distancing the film significantly from the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens one week before Christmas on December 18th. It also steers very clear of a conceptually similar film in Spectre, the next James Bond film, which releases on November 6th.
The new release date now places the film up against Warner Bros. upcoming remake of Point Break, as well as the Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley-starring sci-fi thriller Selfless, along with the sports drama Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal. For more on Mission: Impossible 5 as it develops, keep a tab open to GeekNation.
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