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02.20.2015

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Shooting on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5 looked to be running smoothly, as Paramount moved the release date from Christmas to this summer. Unfortunately, it looks like things have hit a bit of a speed bump in regards to the ending. Production has shut down for the week so that writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise and a third party may approve a new ending for the film. Given that things have only been stalled for a week and that Paramount felt good enough to move the release date up suggests that nothing major is going on with the ending, but still, delays never inspire confidence.

There's still a good 5 months between now and the release date, and films have been shot and chopped in less time, so I'm personally not too worried. My only concern is what kind of ending was originally in mind for MI5. As much as I enjoy the franchise, Tom Cruise certainly isn't getting any younger. Is it possible that they were looking into closing the story? Doubt it, but you never know. While the films are for the most part, standalone entries, I would like to see a story that stretches across multiple films for this franchise. Maybe they're taking a week off to come up with a subtitle for this one!

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5:51AM on 02/21/2015

Delays never inspire confidence?

Why is delays always looked upon as bad? From personal experience i know how much guts it takes to question and delay a production that involves other people and money, especially late in the process. That - i think, is what's wrong with the industry these days, we throw out movies and release dates everywhere. It's a "use and throw" mentality . It's moneymaking, not artmaking.
After a quick search, google mention re-written endings in movies like Toy Story, World War Z, The Shining, Skyfall,
Why is delays always looked upon as bad? From personal experience i know how much guts it takes to question and delay a production that involves other people and money, especially late in the process. That - i think, is what's wrong with the industry these days, we throw out movies and release dates everywhere. It's a "use and throw" mentality . It's moneymaking, not artmaking.
After a quick search, google mention re-written endings in movies like Toy Story, World War Z, The Shining, Skyfall, Clerks, Terminator 2. Of course a confident film production without problems are optimal, like a Coen movie. But i'm sure a lot of movies these days have trouble, but with lack of people taking the step and admitting it. ("we cant afford wasting more money and time, lets go for the original release date to earn some quick bucks")
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12:31PM on 02/21/2015
Exactly. Over the past years I have read a bunch of shooting scripts and often found some of my favorite scenes missing or the movie having a different tone or structure in the script. Things get changed all the time during production. Charlie Kaufman does this heavily, Alan Ball had courtroom scenes as narrative framework for American Beauty that got all cut and replaced with material from additional shooting days. There are so many examples of movies that turned out great because the artists
Exactly. Over the past years I have read a bunch of shooting scripts and often found some of my favorite scenes missing or the movie having a different tone or structure in the script. Things get changed all the time during production. Charlie Kaufman does this heavily, Alan Ball had courtroom scenes as narrative framework for American Beauty that got all cut and replaced with material from additional shooting days. There are so many examples of movies that turned out great because the artists involved were open to changes when shooting the movie revealed how certain things seemed okay on paper but now don't feel right. IMO adapting to such realizations is way better than just ignoring it
2:47AM on 02/21/2015
No worries. In Tom Cruise I trust. He does quality work and I am sure he wants to make sure they have the best ending possible. This franchise is awesome and I like ALL the movies in this series even #2. John Woo was big then and his style including slow-motion pigeons was all over it. Cool. Love the different vibes from all the different directors, it keeps it fresh.
No worries. In Tom Cruise I trust. He does quality work and I am sure he wants to make sure they have the best ending possible. This franchise is awesome and I like ALL the movies in this series even #2. John Woo was big then and his style including slow-motion pigeons was all over it. Cool. Love the different vibes from all the different directors, it keeps it fresh.
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10:17PM on 02/20/2015
Edge of Tomorrow had the same dilemma when filming began, and that turned out great. McQuarrie solved that problem as just the writer; as the writer and director of this I'm sure he can figure it out. This franchise has gotten better and better since the misstep of MI:2. I have faith they can make this a worthy addition.
Edge of Tomorrow had the same dilemma when filming began, and that turned out great. McQuarrie solved that problem as just the writer; as the writer and director of this I'm sure he can figure it out. This franchise has gotten better and better since the misstep of MI:2. I have faith they can make this a worthy addition.
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6:02PM on 02/20/2015
I have faith that this will be good. I think this is the longest running continuous franchise out there now (by which I mean hasn't been rebooted or recast). It's spanned almost 2 decades now, and each film has been great. Very impressive.
I have faith that this will be good. I think this is the longest running continuous franchise out there now (by which I mean hasn't been rebooted or recast). It's spanned almost 2 decades now, and each film has been great. Very impressive.
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5:20PM on 02/20/2015

Looking forward to this

The first movie was good though slow and really does not hold up all too well, the 2nd was awful but 3 and 4 were great!
The first movie was good though slow and really does not hold up all too well, the 2nd was awful but 3 and 4 were great!
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3:53PM on 02/20/2015
Fine with me. Take all the time necessary to make it a great film.
Fine with me. Take all the time necessary to make it a great film.
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3:27PM on 02/20/2015
I like that they're all stand-alone movies. I honestly don't want that part to change. The first sequel is the only one I didn't particularly like. too much of a departure from its predecessor, whereas the third kind of married the two, and the fourth built more on that idea, with bigger set-pieces and better team members than before (Luther Stickell notwithstanding). It really doesn't matter all that much by now, because I go into these things to see Tom Cruise do crazy stunts, and his
I like that they're all stand-alone movies. I honestly don't want that part to change. The first sequel is the only one I didn't particularly like. too much of a departure from its predecessor, whereas the third kind of married the two, and the fourth built more on that idea, with bigger set-pieces and better team members than before (Luther Stickell notwithstanding). It really doesn't matter all that much by now, because I go into these things to see Tom Cruise do crazy stunts, and his teammates bicker about spy stuff, and the actual plot is secondary. With just a week off, maybe they're just looking for a way to tie everything together, kind of like Ghost Protocol brought Ving Rhames and Michelle Monaghan in for that last scene, so we'd know they didn't forget about them.
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2:29PM on 02/20/2015
As much as i like these films by part 5 you have to question if they're more mission tricky than mission impossible
As much as i like these films by part 5 you have to question if they're more mission tricky than mission impossible
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7:22PM on 02/20/2015
How many episodes of the series "Mission: Impossible" were there? Around 170? How does 5 missions even compare to as many as in the series? If the title could still fit the series, it can the movies as well.
How many episodes of the series "Mission: Impossible" were there? Around 170? How does 5 missions even compare to as many as in the series? If the title could still fit the series, it can the movies as well.
7:37PM on 02/20/2015
Ok 170 movies AND 5 films
Ok 170 movies AND 5 films
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2:23PM on 02/20/2015
Doesn't shake my faith in this movie. The MI franchise has been solid throughout, with the 4th being the best of the sequels if not the best of the franchise. I doubt this is a negative surprise of any kind. For all we know they could have figured they'd have to shut down for a week if they pushed it up 5 months. Rewrite sounds bad, but it could always be due to a new or better idea. Not typically the case, but not impossible either.
Doesn't shake my faith in this movie. The MI franchise has been solid throughout, with the 4th being the best of the sequels if not the best of the franchise. I doubt this is a negative surprise of any kind. For all we know they could have figured they'd have to shut down for a week if they pushed it up 5 months. Rewrite sounds bad, but it could always be due to a new or better idea. Not typically the case, but not impossible either.
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2:15PM on 02/20/2015
I have liked every installment of this franchise, so until they give me reason to doubt their efforts. Speaking of a continuing storyline between movies. I thought they could have done that after the 3rd movie. It still gnaws at me that we don't know what the rabbit foot is.
I have liked every installment of this franchise, so until they give me reason to doubt their efforts. Speaking of a continuing storyline between movies. I thought they could have done that after the 3rd movie. It still gnaws at me that we don't know what the rabbit foot is.
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