McQuarrie Talks “Mission: Impossible 6” Action

Following acclaim for both ‘Ghost Protocol’ and ‘Rogue Nation,” the “Mission: Impossible” film franchise is now in a great place with plenty of anticipation for the sixth entry in the series.

Director Christopher McQuarrie returns to helm the new film, the first time a new entry in the series won’t be directed by someone new, and he’s bringing with it something the film series hasn’t really seen before – namely character development.

J.J. Abrams tried to give Ethan Hunt a personal life, albeit in a very perfunctory manner, with the third film. McQuarrie’s ‘Rogue Nation’ meanwhile gave us one of the more densely plotted and clever entries to date. McQuarrie tells Empire Online this week that with the sixth film, the plan from the start was to let the character dictate the action set pieces rather than the other way around. That’s something we haven’t really seen since the first film:

“It starts in a very unconventional way. It does not start with action. That was the hardest pitch of this movie. I’ve seen five of these movies and I don’t know who Ethan Hunt is.

One movie sort of dealt with his personal life; the other movies are about people speculating what’s really going on in Ethan’s head. I want to know who Ethan is in this movie, I want an emotional journey for this character, and Tom really embraced it.

[I said] ‘I don’t want to string together a bunch of action scenes, I want to actually deal with character.’ So I put Ethan in a bunch of complicated moral quandaries, and I’m trying to find ways to connect them – and then, ironically, the way to connect them was through giant action scenes.”

Asked about topping the biggest stunts of the past films, McQuarrie replied:

“I may have found something today. I came to Tom with a picture of something and Tom looked at it and said, ‘That’s awesome! I want to fall off of that!’ It’s like, OK, I can see it on a poster, and I can see Tom falling off of it.”

The new film starts shooting in April ahead of a July 27th 2018 release.