McQuarrie Explains MI6’s “Fallout” Title

Following the reveal of the first image and the new title yesterday, filmmaker Chris McQuarrie has spoken with Empire magazine about the sixth “Mission: Impossible” film and why he chose the “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” title.

McQuarrie, the first filmmaker to direct two films in this franchise, has said he wanted to make sure he was making a very different movie than his previous film in the series ‘Rogue Nation’. That difference ties to the single word title of the new film:

“The title has multiple meanings in the film, from the literal to the figurative. There is the threat of nuclear terrorism hanging over the movie, which is the literal threat. There’s the notion that what’s happened in the movie is the end result of choices that Ethan Hunt has made in his life. It’s Ethan’s past come back to haunt him. It’s the fallout of all his good intentions.

The one thing that came out of it was I thought it should be a one-word title. This is a different kind of movie, it should be expressing a different attitude. It should be striking its own ground, and that’s what I felt Fallout did.”

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” is confirmed to be getting a trailer during this year’s Superbowl next weekend, though the first footage could be online as early as tomorrow. The new film opens in cinemas on July 27th.