Mission: Impossible is known for its dangerous and risky stunts, but now it's attempting something very few film franchises would dare to nowadays: splitting the storyline and shooting two movies back-to-back.
Studios have previously had success at dividing up the final book for various big-screen adaptations (think Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay or The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), but relatively few ongoing franchises shoot back-to-back movies, with only Avengers attempting it recently.
But making Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 together and splitting the story in two wasn't something the studio demanded, as director Christopher McQuarrie has explained.
"When we went into making Fallout," he told the Light the Fuse podcast,"I said to Tom [Cruise], 'I really want to make this more of an emotional journey for [Ethan Hunt].'
"Going into this, I said, 'I want to take what we learned from Fallout and apply it to every character in the movie. I want everyone to have an emotional arc... I just want the movie to have more feeling across the board."
He also said that, at one point, M:I 7 was about 2 hours and 40 minutes long, which he felt was too much. By looking at the film as 20-minute segments, he was able to take out 40 minutes and slot them into the eighth movie.
McQuarrie further revealed that he has a flashback scene with a deceased character, but we don't know if that's part of the 40 minutes he'll be slotting into M:I8.
Mission: Impossible 7 is currently dated for a November 19, 2021 release date, while the eighth movie is penned in for 2022.
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