Tom Cruise secured his deal for the sixth film in his Mission: Impossible franchise back in September, after slightly protracted negotiations. Cruise had always been extremely confident about furthering the adventures of Ethan Hunt and his team. He had announced back in July 2015 that a sixth movie would be happening. He said this before the fifth movie, Rogue Nation, was even released, and his confidence was proven well placed. Rogue Nation was universally critically praised and made a very healthy $682 million worldwide.
The franchise is a priority for Paramount Pictures. It's therefore no surprise they have wasted little time in letting the world know when M:I:6 will be hitting movie theaters: July 27th 2018.
Mission Impossible VI a Summer 2008 Tentpole
Paramount had reason to select this weekend early. As this is the same slot in late July that worked so well for Rogue Nation. The studio will be hoping for a repeat performance. Currently, an untitled DC Entertainment movie is scheduled to open on the same date. But we wouldn't be surprised if either Warner Brothers or Paramount blink and move to a different date for their tentpole movie.
M:I:6 is shaping up to be a very interesting proposition. In a departure from the usual formula, it has already been confirmed that Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie will be returning for the movie. All 5 previous M:I movies had been directed by different people with very different styles. It had always been one of the appeals of the franchise to Cruise and the audience.
But, Rogue Nation was arguably the peak of the series. And Cruise and McQuarrie have formed an impressive cinematic partnership (after also working together on Jack Reacher). So perhaps breaking the trend with the director isn't such a bad idea this time around.
Reports have emerged that Rebecca Ferguson, so impressive as Ilsa Faust, will be returning for M:I:6. We wholeheartedly endorse this idea. We'd also be surprised if series regulars like Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames weren't called into action once again.
Cruise will be looking for another surefire hit with this movie. His recent Jack Reacher sequel, Never Go Back, has been lukewarm at the box office. And other potential sequels like Top Gun 2 and Edge Of Tomorrow 2 are still in early stages of development.