Christopher McQuarrie has promised that the upcoming seventh and eighth “Mission: Impossible” films will include a trio of ‘obscene’ stunts for its star Tom Cruise to perform.
While the initial four films were all about getting its star to do some crazy stunt involving high wires and tall buildings, McQuarrie’s recent two entries have all been about more old school Bond-esque style insane stunts but with Cruise himself doing them – be it hanging from the outside of a plane to bike chases through traffic and astonishing helicopter action.
Speaking with Empire podcast recently, McQuarrie says Ethan Hunt will not be going to space in the new films but he has got some crazy things he’s managed to talk Cruise into doing: “We’ve figured out three obscene things that he’s doing that I’m terrified of, that makes the helicopter chase look like tinker toys.”
McQuarrie doesn’t say if said trio is across both films or just the seventh, but he admits he doesn’t really know how the two movies connect yet – not unheard of as all the films since ‘Ghost Protocol’ have evolved throughout production. He does say he’s got the story for the seventh film figured out though:
“Over the course of many movies that Tom and I have done together, our process has evolved and we’ve learned to trust the process. Not try to control the process… This was the first time where we really have the comfort and the support – and probably the exhaustion because we were still working on ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ – to just not worry so much about where it was going and just go where it wanted to go. I figured out the story about four weeks ago… About a month ago I moved one essential piece of the puzzle… and suddenly I was able to outline the entire movie in eight minutes.”
McQuarrie adds he’s now mapping out the emotional arcs of the characters and explains why he brought Henry Czerny’s Kittridge from the very first film back:
“Early in this process, I had an inkling that there could be a place for Kittridge – the tone of the movie, the shape of the movie lent itself to that. I realized, ‘Kittridge has got to be in this scene.’ I had written it not knowing who was in it, and then suddenly Kittridge came into it and the scene was transformed, it was really fun. I got to call Henry Czerny and say, ‘You’re in! Will you be in it?’ He was great about it.”
Filming is expected to begin shortly and will run for much of the year ahead of the seventh film’s release July 23rd 2021.