Director Christopher McQuarrie gives an update on the sequel during a Twitter Q&A
Mission: Impossible 5 director Christopher McQuarrie has denied that the film’s ending has had to be re-written and re-shot.
In January Paramount Pictures moved forward the film’s release date to summer 2015. The fifth instalment in the action spy franchise had been scheduled to open on Christmas Day in the US and Boxing Day in the UK, but will now arrive around five months earlier on July 31, 2015.
It was later reported that McQuarrie had halted shooting on the sequel so that its ending could be reworked, but during a Twitter Q&A on Saturday (March 7) the director dismissed these rumours, suggesting that filming was paused because he was simply “prepping” to shoot the film’s finale.
During the Twitter Q&A on Saturday (March 7) McQuarrie also revealed that Sean Harris – who portrayed Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in 2002’s 24 Hour Party People – will play the sequel’s villain and promised that Simon Pegg’s character Benji Dunn “gets his hands plenty dirty” during the film. He also explained that Paula Patton and Maggie Q did not reprise their roles from previous Mission: Impossible movies because both actresses were “unavailable”.
Asked when the film’s full title will be announced and its first trailer will be unveiled, the director replied with a simple “soon”.
McQuarrie directed Mission: Impossible 5 from a script written by Iron Man 3‘s Drew Pearce and newcomer Will Staples. JJ Abrams served as one of the film’s producers. Tom Cruise heads up a cast that includes Pegg, Harris, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin and up-and-coming Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson.
The franchise’s previous instalment, 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol became the most successful yet after raking in nearly $700 million (£465 million) at the box office worldwide.