Paramount Pictures desperately needs a hit after a tough year where only Star Trek: Beyond amounted to much of anything at the box office for the studio.
And that might be why executives can’t wait to get the sixth film in the Mission: Impossible franchise out, now eyeing a July 2018 release.
Christopher McQuarrie will be back to direct, according to Dark Horizons, after a successful stint helming last year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which earned $700.9 million worldwide. The film also will feature the return of Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames.
Paramount appears to be taking a big chance with the July 27 release date, however. That’s the same weekend DC Comics has planned its Jason Momoa-starring Aquaman. It’s likely one of those two films will change dates, more likely Mission: Impossible than the underwater superhero.
Rogue Nation earned more money globally than any of the previous Mission: Impossible films, according to The Numbers. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was the closest, earning $694.7 million in 2011.
Yet it’s a bit of a different story when adjusting for inflation. That puts 2000’s Mission: Impossible 2 directed by John Woo at the top with $772.4 million globally. It’s followed by Ghost Protocol with $749.7 million and the original Mission: Impossible in 1996 at $705.3 million.
The only hiccup in the Mission: Impossible franchise was 2006’s Mission: Impossible III, which earned just $477.7 million worldwide when adjusted for inflation. Interesting enough, that was the only outing directed by J.J. Abrams, who would go on to reboot Star Trek and then bring Star Wars back to life by directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The franchise itself is still quite a viable one, earning $2.8 billion over the last 20 years for Paramount.
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