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‘Mission: Impossible’ – Paramount Sets Release Dates for Next Two Films in Tom Cruise-Led Series

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Paramount has set release dates for the 7th and 8th installments of the “Mission: Impossible” series. The still-untitled “Mission: Impossible” 7 will hit theaters July 23, 2021 with part 8 coming just over a year later, on Aug. 5, 2022.

The news comes just two weeks after the announcement that Christopher McQuarrie is returning to write and direct the next two films in the Tom Cruise-starring action series. McQuarrie wrote and directed 2015’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” which earned $682 million, and last year’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which pulled in nearly $800 million.

“We couldn’t be more excited to build on the massive success of Mission:Impossible–Fallout by reteaming with Chris and Tom on these next two films, following two successful collaborations,” Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulosof said in a statement. “We’ve also enjoyed a great partnership with Skydance and David Ellison on these three most recent films and look forward to continued success together on this great franchise.”

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The films are expected to shoot back-to-back in order to capitalize on the success of “Fallout,” the highest-earning installment of the franchise that launched in 1996. McQuarrie and Cruise have worked together on a number of other projects the filmmaker either wrote or directed, including “The Mummy,” “Jack Reacher,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Valkyrie.”

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Christopher McQuarrie to direct back-to-back Mission: Impossible movies for 2021 and 2022

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Christopher McQuarrie To Write And Direct Next Two ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies

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‘Fallout’ Director Christopher McQuarrie to Write, Direct Next 2 ‘Mission: Impossible’ Films

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Christopher McQuarrie is returning to Tom Cruise’s death-defying franchise, signing on to write and direct the next two films in the series, according to Paramount Pictures.

The films are expected to shoot back-to-back, in an attempt to capitalize on the success of the most recent installment, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which McQuarrie directed. That film, in which Cruise reprised his role of Ethan Hunt while one-upping the stunts and sets to new heights, brought in $791.1 million worldwide on a reported budget of $178 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

McQuarrie first took the reins of the franchise in 2015 with “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” which pulled in $682.7 million worldwide.

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Cruise, who broke his ankle doing stunts on the last film, is expected to return as IMF agent Hunt in the next film. He is currently shooting the follow up to ’80s hit “Top Gun.”

McQuarrie and Cruise have worked together on a number of projects the filmmaker either wrote or directed, including “The Mummy,” “Jack Reacher,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Valkyrie.”

McQuarrie and Cruise are both repped by CAA.

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Tom Cruise Aims His Top Gun at a New Enemy: Motion Smoothing (Video)

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Tom Cruise didn’t risk life and limb for you to see “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” on a TV that makes it look like a soap opera, and he wants to let you know that he’s fighting to change this.

In a new video posted from the set of “Top Gun: Maverick,” Cruise and “Fallout” director Christopher McQuarrie gave a public service announcement of sorts about “motion smoothing,” a setting on TVs that adds artificial frames to increase the frame rate of broadcasts to 60 frames per second. That’s great for sports broadcasts, but for movies, which are still framed at 24 frames per second, it makes it look like they are being played at 1.5x speed.

I’m taking a quick break from filming to tell you the best way to watch Mission: Impossible Fallout (or any movie you love) at home. pic.twitter.com/oW2eTm1IUA

– Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) December 4, 2018

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Cruise and McQuarrie also note that “motion smoothing” is set as a default setting, and turning off the setting can require digging deep into settings menus, and it might not even be labeled as “motion smoothing,” depending on what TV you have. McQuarrie has become so irritated by this that he, along with several other top directors like Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson, have pushed the Directors Guild of America to work with TV companies to make it easier to turn motion smoothing off.

No word yet on whether the DGA has sent Les Grossman to rain an “ungodly firestorm” on those TV manufacturers. In the meantime, you can buy “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” on Blu-ray today, and see Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick” in June 2020.

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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Cast Thought Tom Cruise Killed Himself During the Helicopter Climax

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If Tom Cruise’s insane stunt hanging from a helicopter in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” freaked you out, you aren’t alone – the film team behind the scenes thought his fall was a fatal one.

In the run-up to the release of “Fallout,” there were countless interviews with Cruise and the film’s cast and crew about how the lead star nearly killed himself several times over while shooting his own stunts. And that includes the film’s climatic helicopter chase scene.

In an interview for the film’s upcoming Blu-Ray release, Cruise’s leading lady in the film, Rebecca Ferguson, discussed a scene where Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, dangles from the underside of a flying helicopter. Then, Ethan loses his grip on the helicopter, dropping onto a cargo load being lifted by the helicopter and grabbing onto it to avoid plummeting to his death in the canyon below.

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Ferguson saw Cruise as he did the fall and, not noticing that he had a safety harness, thought that he had just killed himself.

“I heard myself scream. I actually thought he fell,” she said.

“There was an audible gasp from the crowd. That’s a huge drop,” co-star Henry Cavill added in the Blu-Ray interview.

What was worse for Cruise is that he shot that stunt five times, only to move on to another death-defying sequence in which he flew a helicopter through the mountains at low-altitude for a chase scene that required him to get dangerously close to another helicopter.

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Oh, and he also performed the highest free fall skydive ever filmed for a movie and broke his leg while jumping between buildings in London. As we noted this past summer, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that Tom Cruise might have a death wish.

“Mission: Impossible — Fallout” is available on Digital Nov. 20, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 4.

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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Leads Viacom to Q4 Earnings, Revenue Beats

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Viacom rode Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team to a better-than-expected fourth quarter in terms of both earnings per share and revenue.

The Paramount Pictures parent company unveiled its fourth-quarter and full fiscal year 2018 financials Friday morning, reporting 99 cents of earnings per share (EPS) on $3.485 in revenue. Wall Street had forecast EPS of 95 cents on $3.37 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate of 25 media analysts compiled by Yahoo Finance.

That all-in revenue figure was 5 percent better than Q4 2017 and the earnings per share is 29 percent higher. For the full fiscal year, revenues declined 2 percent, but EPS rose 9 percent. Without the benefit of glorious adjustments, that profit instead drops 43 percent.

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Paramount’s worldwide box office hauled in 3x what it did in the comparable quarter last year, thanks mostly to “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” John Krasinski’s very profitable “A Quiet Place” also contributed, as did “Book Club,” which was a cheap acquisition.

Paramount also pitched in on TV, delivering “Maniac” to Netflix in the quarter. In return, Viacom enjoyed higher licensing revenues.

Viacom’s media networks didn’t do as hot, but there were some linear-TV highlights, like Season 2 of “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” on MTV. Millennials gobbled that up.

MTV has been making headlines lately with its push into live events. It’s also shooting for nostalgia, bringing back “MTV Spring Break,” sharing “The Real World” with Facebook Watch, reviving “The Hills,” and rebooting “Undressed.”

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“Our strong performance in the fourth quarter capped off a pivotal year for Viacom. We successfully turned around our core business, with dramatic improvements across our networks, at Paramount and in distribution,” Viacom President and CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement accompanying the financials. “We also took important steps to evolve Viacom for the future – investing in our portfolio of advanced marketing solutions, digital and experiential offerings and global studio production business. As we head into 2019, we are excited about the company’s evolution and expect to return to topline growth.”

Bakish and other Viacom executives will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the quarter and fiscal year in greater detail.

Shares of VIAB stock closed Thursday afternoon at $31.83, up 4 cents. The U.S. stock markets reopen at 9:30 a.m. ET today.

In pre-market trading, VIAB shares are currently trading up more than 5 percent.

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‘Jack Reacher’ Is Being Adapted Into a TV Series, Author Says

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“Jack Reacher” is moving from the big screen to the small screen for the character’s next adventure, according to Lee Child, whose eponymous books were turned into a pair of big screen films starring Tom Cruise.

But the TV version will swap out Cruise for a different actor, says Child, who told BBC Radio on Wednesday: “Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality.” In his books, Child frequently describes Jack Reacher as being 6 feet 5 inches tall, with hands “the size of dinner plates” — they have also been described as the size of “a supermarket chicken,” or “Thanksgiving turkeys.” Cruise is listed at 5 feet, 7 inches.

The two movies — “Jack Reacher” and “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” — were produced by Skydance and Cruise/Wagner and distributed by Paramount. Both Skydance and Paramount TV declined to comment, but an individual with knowledge confirms that a TV version of Jack Reacher is in the early stages of development.

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“We’re going to take it to Netflix or something like that. Long form streaming television, with a completely new actor,” Child continued. “And I want all those readers who were upset about Tom Cruise to help me out – participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series. We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy.”

The first film, which was released in 2012 and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, went on to earn $218 million at the global box office (and $80 million domestically). The 2016 sequel, which saw Edward Zwick take over as director, grossed only $162 million globally, and just under $59 million in the U.S.

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