Yesterday’s announcement of the ‘Rogue Nation’ subtitle for the fifth “Mission: Impossible” film had many cracking jokes about the use of the word ‘Rogue’ becoming one of the most overused title words since ‘Rises’ in recent times.
This was of course a reference to Disney & Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” spin-off film “Star Wars: Rogue One” which announced its title only a few weeks ago. It turns out that Ethan Hunt’s latest adventure actually scored its title first.
THR reports that Paramount registered and cleared the title with the Motion Picture Association of America in January, two months before Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the ‘Rogue One’ title.
Disney did not clear its title either, so Paramount could have fought to block Disney and Lucasfilm from using it despite the film opening a year and a half later in December 2016.
Instead, a compromise was reached. So, with the exception of the Star Wars fan event in April, Disney will refrain from referring to ‘Rogue One’ this summer in any promotional materials aimed at the general consumer.
It’s essentially the second time these two franchises have come into conflict. ‘Rogue Nation’ was originally slated for Christmas 2015, a week after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” launches. The five month move-up of ‘Mission’ was thought to be heavily influenced by Paramount and Skydance Productions essentially wanting to get the hell away from “Star Wars”.