Though there have been six films overall, the “Mission: Impossible” franchise really found its footing with the fourth entry “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and has only gone from strength-to-strength since – changing the focus from the Cruise vehicle of the second and third films to a more ensemble nature with big set pieces and recurring characters.
A big element of that has been writer-director Christopher McQuarrie who penned and helmed both “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and last year’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”. A few months back came the announcement that he and Cruise would re-team again and go even bigger – the pair would film a seventh and eighth film in the series back-to-back.
Speaking with Empire, McQuarrie admits it’s a hell of a daunting task and he’s feeling the pressure to make sure the franchise earns back-to-back sequels – so much so the new film has to be even more ambitious:
“I pitched the idea of making two movies, and now I have to justify why it’s two movies. You’ve got to earn that. You’ve got to make something that swallows the last three movies whole. I’m freaked out now. We’ve talked ourselves into something. Holy s–t.”
One of the most commonly joked about ideas is that the series will have to go to space in order to do something bigger. McQuarrie actually answered those, saying: “Here’s the problem with going to the moon: how do you fall from the moon?.”
“Mission: Impossible 7” is targeting a July 23rd 2021 release with “Mission: Impossible 8” to follow on August 5th 2022.