Following the news that Man of Steel star Henry Cavill has accepted his mission for the upcoming installment Mission: Impossible 6, producer David Ellison has gone public on Tom Cruise's intense preparation for the sequel. Shooting across New Zealand, Paris and London for the blockbuster beginning April 10, the filmmaker who doubles his duties as Skydance Media CEO explains that the 54-year old has been harnessing his skills for the stunt for a solid 12 months.
“We’re thrilled. Chris (McQuarrie director) is back, obviously, writing and directing after Rogue Nation," he remarked. "We could not be more excited about the character Henry Cavill’s going to play. And I will say after the Burj (Khalifa) we thought it was going to be impossible to top that stunt, and then Tom did the A380 for the plane. What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable - he’s been training for a year. It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out. It’s gonna be mind-blowing.”
Cruise: Green Screens Are Dead Giveaways
The face of Scientology always stresses the importance of doing the heavy lifting on his own accord. A point that Ellison wanted to stress. Whether it be gripping the side of a high-rise building or clinging to the side of a plane, the veteran wants the moviegoer to feel the experience is as authentic as humanly possible.
“It all comes from the best place. It is all about entertaining an audience," he states. "Tom’s entire mantra for hanging on the side of the Burj Khalifa or the A380 or literally holding your breath for six minutes underwater to do the Taurus sequence is, in a world of massive (visual) effects, he said the audience can tell when it’s you on a green screen or when you’re actually doing it live. And the tension, because the stunt is real, actually puts the audience where Ethan Hunt is where they are in the movie. He said that’s why he does it; it’s all about entertaining an audience and it makes the movie better.”
Where To Put The Show Stopper - Beginning, Middle or End?
The hallmark to any Mission Impossible film is it's single centerpiece scene that is performed by Cruise. Yet Ellison admitted that he has no idea where this new addition will fit into the movie. A doubt that lingered on the set of Ghost Protocol as the star dangled from Dubai's Burj Khalifa, a megatall skyscraper that stands 2,717 ft.
“I cannot say for M:I 6, but on Rogue Nation it was a conversation that was ongoing about whether or not it was in the opening or the middle of the movie. Obviously in Ghost Protocol there was a lot of conversation about should the Burj be at the end of the movie? Because it was obviously the biggest stunt in the film, and it really was just story drives everything. That’s the amazing thing about working with somebody who’s talented as Chris McQuarrie, who is a brilliant, brilliant screenwriter as well as a director, is story drives every single decision.”