Tom Cruise is planning to bring Ethan Hunt’s adventures to an end with 2024’s Mission: Impossible 8.

Back in January we got the news that Paramount Pictures was delaying, for a fifth time, the release of Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, a pair of sequels currently being filmed back to back around the world. Tom Cruise is starring and Christopher McQuarrie – who’s directed the last two chapters in the franchise is helming these as well. Inevitably, the global pandemic has had a sizeable impact on the physical production of these films, with Variety reporting the budget for Mission: Impossible 7 heading towards $290m.

But also, the outlet has revealed what many had suspected: the back to back double bill is set to mark Tom Cruise’s stepping away from Mission: Impossible, at least in front of the camera (he’s also produced every movie in the series to date, after all).

The idea will be that the eighth film will be a ‘sendoff’ for the character of Ethan Hunt, played by Cruise of course. It’s also teased that the seventh movie will have something of a cliffhanger to it, no doubt involving Doc Brown and the DeLorean being zapped by lightning and sent back to 1885.

As thing stand, Mission: Impossible 7 is going to be with us on July 14th 2023, and Mission: Impossible 8 is due to land on June 28th 2024. More on both of them as we hear it…

Variety

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