Brian De Palma refused to make more Mission: Impossible movies

Brian De Palma turned down Tom Cruise’s offer to make more Mission: Impossible movies because he thought one was enough. The Scarface director helmed the first Mission: Impossible movie, which became a global box office hit in 1996, and Cruise, who st…

Brian De Palma turned down Tom Cruise’s offer to make more Mission: Impossible movies because he thought one was enough.

The Scarface director helmed the first Mission: Impossible movie, which became a global box office hit in 1996, and Cruise, who starred as Ethan Hunt in the film, soon asked him to start working on a follow-up. However, De Palma turned him down.

“Stories, they keep making them longer and longer only for economic reasons,” De Palma said to The Associated Press. “After I made Mission: Impossible, Tom asked me to start working on the next one. I said, ‘Are you kidding? One of these is enough. Why would anybody want to make another one?’ Of course, the reason they make another one is to make money. I was never a movie director to make money, which is the big problem of Hollywood. That’s the corruption of Hollywood.”

However, the Carrie filmmaker still has fond memories of making the movies.

“In my mid-50s doing Carlito’s Way and then Mission: Impossible, it doesn’t get much better than that,” the 79-year-old praised. “You have all the power and tools at your disposal. When you have the Hollywood system working for you, you can do some remarkable things. But as your movies become less successful, it gets harder to hold on to the power and you have to start making compromises… If you have a couple of good decades, that’s good, that’s great.”

Despite De Palma’s belief that Mission: Impossible should have remained one film, it is a long-running franchise and the seventh and eighth instalments are currently in the works. After he turned down Cruise, Mission: Impossible 2 was directed by John Woo before J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird helmed a film each. The franchise has been in the hands of Christopher McQuarrie ever since the fifth film, Rogue Nation, in 2015.

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Tom Cruise thought Top Gun sequel was ‘never going to happen’

Tom Cruise thought Top Gun: Maverick would never be made as he and producer Jerry Bruckheimer couldn’t think of a worthwhile story.The 57-year-old made his debut as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the 1986 original, and is reprising his role alongside Val …

Tom Cruise thought Top Gun: Maverick would never be made as he and producer Jerry Bruckheimer couldn’t think of a worthwhile story.

The 57-year-old made his debut as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the 1986 original, and is reprising his role alongside Val Kilmer for the upcoming sequel, which also stars newcomers Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, and Jon Hamm.

In an interview with Empire magazine, Cruise revealed that even though people were telling him to make a follow-up to the hugely successful ’80s blockbuster, he didn’t know where to start.

“Everywhere I went, people would be like, ‘Do Top Gun’, and I’m like, ‘Guys, I don’t know how to do it’,” said Cruise. “I don’t know what the story is. I don’t make movies just to make movies. I was like, ‘Jerry, it’s never going to happen’. I honestly never thought I would make it.”

And the Mission: Impossible star, who is well-known for performing his own death-defying stunts on the big screen, was adamant that he was only going to do a sequel if there were no computer-generated effects.

“We just started talking. And I realised that there were things that we could accomplish cinematically. And I started getting excited about this big challenge of, ‘How do we do it?’ So I said to Jerry, ‘I’ll do it if…’ meaning, I’m not going to do the CGI stuff,” he explained.

And it was Cruise’s idea to have his co-stars, including Teller and Hamm, be able to withstand the force of being in a real supersonic fighter aircraft, something that was missing from the 1986 original.

“I said to the studio, ‘You don’t know how hard this movie’s going to be. No-one’s ever done this before.’ There’s never been an aerial sequence shot this way. I don’t know if there ever will be again, to be honest,” he shared.

Top Gun: Maverick will be in cinemas from 24 June.

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Emily Blunt hoping ‘stars will align’ for Edge of Tomorrow sequel

Emily Blunt is hoping the “stars will align” so a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow gets made.In the 2014 sci-fi action blockbuster, the 37-year-old starred as Sergeant Rita Vrataski, who was assigned to help Tom Cruise’s novice Major William Cage defeat a ra…

Emily Blunt is hoping the “stars will align” so a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow gets made.

In the 2014 sci-fi action blockbuster, the 37-year-old starred as Sergeant Rita Vrataski, who was assigned to help Tom Cruise’s novice Major William Cage defeat a race of aliens invading Earth.

Reports of a sequel have been circulating ever since, and according to Blunt, director Doug Liman has settled on the perfect story for the follow-up since recruiting screenwriter Matthew Robinson.

“I think there’s an idea, that he says is great,” she told IndieWire. “And (Liman) says this guy came in and cracked the case. How the stars will all align for us to be able to do it. I don’t know. I hope they do.”

She joked that by the time production begins on the highly anticipated sequel, she and Cruise will be pensioners and will need the de-ageing technology used on Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic The Irishman.

“Tom and I are going to be 70 before we make another one It’s going to look a bit weird. We’ll have to do a real flash-forward one… We’ll go full Irishman, it’ll be the Irishman version of Edge of Tomorrow. Who knows? I hope, I’m going to talk to Doug about it,” Blunt added.

In the action movie, Cruise’s character is trapped in a time loop, dying over and over again during the same battle, until his combat skills improve enough for him to figure out how he and Vrataski can defeat the alien race, called Mimics.

Despite having to endure brutal battle scenes repeatedly, Blunt had the time of her life filming Edge of Tomorrow.

“I absolutely adored it. It broke my body in half, but I’d be willing to do it again to work with those boys who I love. So let’s see,” she teased.

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Mission: Impossible 7 filming halted in Italy over coronavirus concerns

Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.Production on the seventh instalment in the saga, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had been due to begin with a three-week st…

Filming on the latest Mission: Impossible movie in Italy has been halted due to coronavirus concerns.

Production on the seventh instalment in the saga, starring Tom Cruise and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, had been due to begin with a three-week stint in the city of Venice, but the crew was sent home by studio executives at Paramount Pictures as Italian government officials continue their efforts to contain the epidemic.

“Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7,” a statement from the studio read.

“During this hiatus we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”

An outbreak of the coronavirus has recently occurred in northern Italy, forcing officials to place lockdown restrictions on more than 50,000 people in affected areas.

Cases in the country have surged to more than 200, with seven deaths, prompting tough action from the government to contain the epidemic, which originated in Wuhan, China late last year.

The action thriller, which also stars Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell and Nicholas Hoult, is scheduled to be released in July 2021. It is being filmed back-to-back with the eighth instalment, which will hit cinemas the following year.

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Vanessa Kirby returning for Mission: Impossible 7

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is …

Vanessa Kirby will reprise her role in the upcoming seventh instalment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The 31-year-old actress made her debut as the Alanna Mitsopolis, also known as the White Widow, in 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and is reprising her role for Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming action movie.

Vanessa casually confirmed her return in a new interview with Glamour U.K. by revealing she was “in the car, about to go to firearms training” after wrapping production on drama Pieces of a Woman, in which she stars as a grieving pregnant woman who loses her baby.

Th Crown star told the publication she was looking forward to getting back into shape thanks to the intensive training for Mission: Impossible.

“Actually, I am looking forward to training because it means you eat well and work out which I haven’t been doing for that entire shoot,” Vanessa shared.

She also told the magazine that she ended up eating for two while wearing her prosthetic pregnant belly on the set of Pieces of a Woman.

“I was wearing the belly twenty-four seven – I was even sleeping in it,” she explained. “So, you could eat whatever you want, I was like, ‘I am eating for two,’ but there was no real two! It’s a fake two! In my mind no one was going to tell until but then you whip it off and it’s like, ‘oh God!'”

Tom Cruise is set to return as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 7 and 8, alongside franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell, Nicholas Hoult, and Pom Klementieff. Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Henry Czerny are also reprising their roles.

Mission: Impossible 7 is set for release in July 2021.

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Henry Czerny returning to Mission: Impossible franchise

Henry Czerny is reprising his role of Eugene Kittridge in the upcoming instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie announced that the Revenge actor was returning to the franchise for the first time since…

Henry Czerny is reprising his role of Eugene Kittridge in the upcoming instalments of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Director and writer Christopher McQuarrie announced that the Revenge actor was returning to the franchise for the first time since the 1996 original on social media over the weekend.

“There is no escaping the past… #MI7MI8,” he wrote besides a picture of Czerny, who recently appeared in horror-comedy Ready or Not and TV miniseries Sharp Objects.

In the original Mission: Impossible, Kittridge was the director of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) and hunted down Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt after he believed the agent had gone rogue.

He shared several memorable scenes with Cruise, including one in which the Top Gun star says the classic line, “Kittridge, you’ve never seen me very upset.”

The Mission: Impossible films have generally worked as standalone instalments with a small number of narrative storylines connecting them, but McQuarrie changed this with 2015’s Rogue Nation and 2018’s Fallout, which he also wrote and directed. In the last outing, Vanessa Kirby’s White Widow character was revealed to be the daughter of arms dealer Max, a character not seen since the 1996 original.

Czerny will join other returning castmembers such as Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Pegg as well as newcomers such as Nicholas Hoult, who is reportedly playing the villain, Captain America star Hayley Atwell, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Pom Klementieff, and Joker’s Shea Whigham.

The seventh and eighth instalments, both written and directed by McQuarrie, are being filmed back-to-back. The seventh will hit cinemas in July 2021 and the eighth will be released in August 2022.

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Channing Tatum set to star in Bob the Musical

Channing Tatum is to serve as the leading man in Disney’s upcoming project, Bob the Musical.The Magic Mike actor will be playing the titular character in the comedy, which follows a man named Bob who, after a blow to the head, can suddenly hear the inn…

Channing Tatum is to serve as the leading man in Disney’s upcoming project, Bob the Musical.

The Magic Mike actor will be playing the titular character in the comedy, which follows a man named Bob who, after a blow to the head, can suddenly hear the inner songs of everyone’s hearts.

Channing will be producing alongside Tripp Vinson, Beau Flynn, Chris Bender, Reid Carolin, and Peter Kiernan.

The 39-year-old, who recently reconciled with girlfriend Jessie J after a brief split, hasn’t appeared in a live-action movie since Kingsman: The Golden Circle back in 2017, but has voiced characters in animated features including Smallfoot and The Lego Movie 2.

He is also set to star in the upcoming romantic drama Soundtrack of Silence and is being eyed to appear in Dexter Fletcher’s monster movie Renfield.

Bob the Musical has been in development since 2004, with several filmmakers and scriptwriters attached at different points.

Directors Michel Hazanavicius, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Adam Shankman have all circled the project, while writing duties have been passed through the likes of Michael Chabon, Allan Loeb, and Mike Bender.

Songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won an Academy Award for their work on Disney’s Frozen, along with Flight of the Conchords’ co-creator and star Bret McKenzie have all reportedly been hired at various stages to pen the score and songs.

And at one time, Tom Cruise was also rumoured to be interested in the long-gestating concept.

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Renee Zellweger still overcome with emotion over landing Jerry Maguire role

Renee Zellweger will never forget the moment Cameron Crowe told her she had won a part in Jerry Maguire.The actress, who played Dorothy Boyd in the 1996 drama, opened up about the movie during a recent SAG-AFTRA Conversations event, and recalled how sh…

Renee Zellweger will never forget the moment Cameron Crowe told her she had won a part in Jerry Maguire.

The actress, who played Dorothy Boyd in the 1996 drama, opened up about the movie during a recent SAG-AFTRA Conversations event, and recalled how she was attending a film premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah with her parents and brother when director Crowe called with the surprise job offer.

“It didn’t really seem like a possibility for me. I wanted to do a good job for Cameron when I met him. He just felt kindred to me right away… We loved the same things,” she shared.

“The fact that I was on the list (for the role) was hilarious to me. It had been a while since my audition, and I was at Sundance Film Festival for The Whole Wide World premiere. My mom and dad came. The phone rang and Cameron said, ‘Hey Z, it was really great to hang out and get to meet you. I mean, thank you’.

“I’m like, ‘Hurry up and break my heart already!’ Then he said, ‘I was just wondering… maybe you want the part?’ The next day there was an announcement in Variety and my brother, who was at Sundance with us, came back with a stack of them (magazines). I could cry just thinking about it.”

And to top it all off, Crowe gave her one of the most famous lines in romantic comedy history – “You had me at hello” – which she says to her on-screen love interest, Tom Cruise.

“When people say to me, ‘You had me at hello’, to me it still touches me,” the 50-year-old smiled. “What a cool thing that somebody gives you a line like that.”

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Nicholas Hoult to tackle Mission: Impossible sequels

Nicholas Hoult is set to appear opposite Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the casting news on social media on Thursday and indicated that the British actor will be playing a villain.”Say, @n…

Nicholas Hoult is set to appear opposite Tom Cruise in the next two Mission: Impossible movies.

Director Christopher McQuarrie announced the casting news on social media on Thursday and indicated that the British actor will be playing a villain.

“Say, @nicholashoult, care to raise a little hell?” the filmmaker posted on Instagram, to which the X-Men: Apocalypse star replied, “Love to. Though why stop at a little?”

Hoult later shared the same image on his own Instagram page, with McQuarrie then commenting on the post: “Things tend to escalate from there. Welcome aboard. #MI78.”

Further details about the 30-year-old’s character are yet to be shared.

Cruise will return as secret agent Ethan Hunt, with actresses Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff also featuring in the seventh instalment of Mission: Impossible, which is set for release in July 2021.

The next two films in the franchise, which McQuarrie will write and direct, will be shot back-to-back, with the eighth movie scheduled to be released in August 2022.

Hoult’s casting comes after he lost out on the chance to star alongside Cruise in the Top Gun sequel.

Miles Teller landed the lead role in the Hollywood legend’s Top Gun: Maverick flick, but according to editors at Variety, Cruise remained a big fan of the actor, leading Hoult to be offered the new gig in the forthcoming Mission: Impossible project.

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Henry Cavill was banned from doing high-altitude stunt by Tom Cruise

Henry Cavill was banned from performing a high-altitude stunt on Mission: Impossible – Fallout by Tom Cruise.The 36-year-old starred as CIA assassin August Walker alongside the Hollywood action hero in last year’s blockbuster, directed by Christopher M…

Henry Cavill was banned from performing a high-altitude stunt on Mission: Impossible – Fallout by Tom Cruise.

The 36-year-old starred as CIA assassin August Walker alongside the Hollywood action hero in last year’s blockbuster, directed by Christopher McQuarrie.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Henry revealed he was desperate to perform a stunt which involved him jumping out of a plane, but Tom stepped in to talk him out of it.

“One stunt I really wanted to do was the high altitude jump at the beginning of the film,” he told host Graham. “I begged to do it, but Tom said, ‘We would love you to do it, but I am up there with the professionals and if I get anything even slightly wrong, they can correct it. If there are two of us up there and something goes wrong, you’ll kill everyone!’ And I was like, ‘Okay!'”

Working with Tom has rubbed off on the Man of Steel star, as he was determined to do all his own stunts on the set of his new Netflix series, The Witcher, in which he plays a mutated monster hunter.

“I do every single stunt myself. I have a lot of respect for the stunt performers and their craft, but if there was an emotional scene I wouldn’t ask another actor to come in a cry for me,” he explained. “For me, it is really important that the character exists in the action, so if I am going to take on a role like The Witcher I am going to make sure I can do all the stuff he can do.”

The Witcher debuted on Netflix on Friday.

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