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Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning to address Ethan Hunt's past

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning to address Ethan Hunt's past

Sunday 27 November 2022 at 14:05, by Martin Macdonald
Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning to address Ethan Hunt's past

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One will reference ghosts from the past of hero Ethan Hunt, according to writer and director Christopher McQuarrie.

McQuarrie and Cruise have collaborated on the last few Mission Impossible movies and took the franchise into the stratosphere commercially and critically.

They are currently working on Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Parts One and Two which will be released in 2023 and 2024 respectively.

And, it seems like Ethan Hunt will need to deal with some personal issues as well as the next global threat.

"There are many things emerging from Ethan's past," McQuarrie told Empire.

"'Dead reckoning' is a navigational term. It means you're picking a course based solely on your last known position and that becomes quite the metaphor not only for Ethan, but several characters.

The first thing we knew was that if it's gonna be a big two-part adventure, it's got to be epic.

"It's going to have to be the instalment that swallows the rest of the franchise whole. There's just not another way to do it."

Cruise and McQuarrie to collaborate again

Though it would be understandable if Cruise and McQuarrie moved onto projects away from each other, there is already a collaboration in place for the future.

"It’s kind of under wraps," McQuarrie said on the Light the Fuse podcast.

"It has neither a fuse nor a fuselage. Oh that’s not true… It does have some fuselages. It’s something we’ve talked about for a really long time. It’s way outside of what you’re used to seeing Tom do. It’s the kind of stuff I really love. It’s a little bit more in my wheelhouse. And yet it takes everything we’ve learned on this journey, which is making movies more and more about emotion and real emotional experiences.

"That’s what you’re feeling when you’re watching Top Gun – it’s me and Tom squeezing your adrenals for every emotion. Now we’re applying that to something that is gnarlier."

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