Ellison Talks M:I-6 Stunts, WWZ 2 Director

With a new “Mission: Impossible” film about to shoot imminently comes the promise of Tom Cruise once again getting up to some insane practical stunt for a central set piece. The last two films in particular featured memorable scenes be it Cruise scaling the Burj Khalifa, or hanging off the door of an airplane.

Skydance Media CEO David Ellison spoke with Collider this week and revealed that Cruise has been working tremendously hard for the past year for the sixth film’s biggest action moment:

“I will say after the Burj [Khalifa] we thought it was going to be impossible to top that stunt, and then Tom did the A380 for the plane. What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable – he’s been training for a year.

It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after ‘Rogue Nation’ came out. It’s gonna be mind-blowing.”

He also says Cruise does these things because he knows moviegoers can tell the difference when a stunt is done for real and it allows for more investment in the adventures of Ethan Hunt:

“It all comes from the best place. It is all about entertaining an audience. Tom’s entire mantra for hanging on the side of the Burj Khalifa or the A380 or literally holding your breath for six minutes underwater to do the Taurus sequence is, in a world of massive [visual] effects, he said the audience can tell when it’s you on a green screen or when you’re actually doing it live. And the tension, because the stunt is real, actually puts the audience where Ethan Hunt is where they are in the movie. He said that’s why he does it; it’s all about entertaining an audience and it makes the movie better.”

Separately, actress Rebecca Ferguson revealed she will film scenes in New Zealand and Paris for the film which is currently targeting a July 27th 2018 release.

Ellison also offered a very brief update on the “World War Z” sequel, saying they’re still after filmmaker David Fincher to take the helm:

“There’s a script that we’re incredibly happy with, and it’s just getting a couple of key deals closed… We hope [Fincher] makes the movie.”

“World War Z 2” doesn’t have a release date at this point.