2011’s "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" was about as big and as pleasurable a surprise as you could imagine. Four movies into the franchise, which had already weathered a series of ups and downs, returned in fine form with a beautifully directed, wonderfully exciting installment directed by a filmmaker making his live action debut, Brad Bird ("Ratatouille"). Beyond the smashing creative accomplishment, it was also a genuine blockbuster; not only was it the highest grossing entry in the franchise, but also the highest grossing movie starring Tom Cruise. Ever.
So the pressure’s on for "Mission: Impossible 5" to actually deliver. Much about the sequel remains unknown, although considering producer J.J. Abrams is back on board, it’s safe to assume that at least some of the characters from the fourth film will make it back (the team dynamic was so great there). At least we now know when to look for it: Paramount has announced a Christmas Day, 2015 release date for the fifth film. Choose to accept it.
This time around the film will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who did un-credit script work on the fourth movie and is Cruise’s go-to guy, having written "Valkyrie" and written and directed last year’s unfairly overlooked "Jack Reacher." (McQuarrie, along with virtually every other screenwriter in Hollywood, also had a hand in Cruise’s "Edge of Tomorrow," which opens next summer.) Drew Pearce, who co-wrote this year’s outstanding "Iron Man 3" with Shane Black, wrote the script for "Mission: Impossible 5" alongside McQuarrie.
What’s interesting is that the film will open just a week after Disney unleashes "Star Wars: Episode VII," a film that is being directed by "Mission: Impossible 5" producer J.J. Abrams. It’s unlikely any blockbuster stands a chance against that behemoth, but you’ve got to give Paramount credit for standing their ground. (Fox and DreamWorks Animation will release "Kung Fu Panda 3" that same day, while Warner Bros. has Ben Affleck’s period crime epic "Live By Night" also opening.)
While it would be somewhat foolhardy to think that it can scale the heights of "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," it’s feasible to think that it can at least try. It is their mission, should they choose to accept it.
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The new trailer for "Lone Survivor," director Peter Berg‘s adaptation of a memoir by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, begins with some lighthearted banter between members of Navy SEAL Team 10. And that’s where the levity ends.
"It’s just Afghanistan, that’s all," says Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) as ominous music begins to swell. SEAL Team 10 is tasked with finding and killing a notorious Taliban leader, but the mission is compromised, and one by one members of the team are picked off until Luttrell is the only man left standing.
"Isn’t that how things work — good things happen to good people?" one team member asks as heavy fire from Taliban forces rains down around them. Judging by the destruction on display in the trailer, it seems the answer is no.
Luttrell consulted on the film to ensure the veracity of the onscreen proceedings, and the effects in the action-packed clip certainly feel very real. Continual close-up shots of the team members’ faces — including Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, and Taylor Kitsch — also add to the trailer’s frantic, anxious tone, as we see their anguish in stark detail.
We may know how "Lone Survivor" ends, but that won’t make watching the destruction unfold any easier. The movie opens in limited release on December 27, and nationwide on January 10, 2014.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of those action superstars who can do just about anything, so it’s sort of unsurprising that he’s throwing his hat in the supernatural action ring, especially since that’s where he got his big break (his first role was in "The Mummy Returns"). This time, though, instead of ancient Egypt, he will be fighting ghouls in present day as the leader of "Seal Team 666, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Yes, that’s really what they’re calling it, and yes, that title is amazing.
The project is for MGM, who recently launched the dreadful "Carrie" remake, and will be scribed by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who wrote the upcoming "Hercules" movie for The Rock and MGM. Weston Ochse wrote the book that "Seal Team 666" is based on, which is only available for purchase on your Kindle, so you know it’s really good. It concerns a group of Navy SEALs who "battle demons and assorted threats and discover that there’s a greater supernatural force bent on destroying the world."
Presumably, The Rock would play the leader of this team. We assume ghosts will be involved. At the best, "Seal Team 666" could play like a more action-packed version of "Ghostbusters," while at its worst, well, do we need to remind you of "R.I.P.D."?
Disney has been cooking up a live-action "Jungle Book" movie for the past few months, and it looks like they’ve found their director slash man-cub.
Jon Favreau, the guy who made "Iron Man," is in talks for the Disney adaptation, which will take a new look at the classic Rudyard Kipling stories. Favs told Deadline, "I can’t say that much, but there is an interesting take that could be very cool, and the hope is to relaunch a family brand with certain mythic elements… It is my first real family film since ‘Elf,’ and there are action elements and visual effects that I feel like my experience on the ‘Iron Man’ films are going to be useful."
Favreau did some pretty cool things with "Iron Man," from rebooting Robert Downey Jr.’s career to arguably launching the superhero movie frenzy. Of course, "Elf" has become the go-to family holiday movie, managing to make even the grumpiest Grinches sing along with Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. It will be interesting to see how the director takes on this classic property, especially given Disney’s previous attempt at making a live-action version back in 1994. However, it does feature a pre-Cersei Lannister Lena Headey, which is always a treat.
The cast of the "Fast and Furious" franchise love their fans and they love social media. Whenever they can, they slip out new photos from the film, probably much to the chagrin of Universal Pictures and whoever else pays for the "Fast" movies. The seventh installment, which is currently shooting, has had two of its stars — Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson — spill a couple of photographic beans lately via their respective Facebook and Twitter accounts. Get ready to shift into high gear!
Diesel shared two new photos on his Facebook page (via Coming Soon). One features Diesel sharing a glass of wine with the movie’s bad guy, played by Jason Statham. The two appear to be looking over a schematic and it’s unclear why Diesel’s Dominic is getting so cozy with the villain. All will be revealed, undoubtedly.
The other photo shows Dominic embracing what appears to be Jordana Brewster, who plays the wife and baby mama of his BFF Brian (Paul Walker). Maybe Walker dies in this movie? The stakes definitely need to be upped with "Fast & Furious 7" and bloodshed isn’t out of the question, especially since James Wan, the filmmaker behind "Saw" and "The Conjuring," is behind the camera.
Not to be outdone, Johnson shared a photo on his Twitter (via Comic Book Movie) comparing his look in Brett Ratner’s upcoming "Hercules: The Tracian Wars," with his drastically altered appearance for "Fast & Furious 7." What’s nice about this photo is that Johnson has always been cagey about his involvement in the seventh "Fast," blaming scheduling conflicts with "Hercules" as the reason why he may not return to the street racing franchise. But this is photographic proof: he’s back, yay!
Check out the new photos below. "Fast & Furious 7," which also stars Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black, and Djimon Hounsou, speeds into theaters July 11, 2014.
Forget Olympus — London is falling now.
White House attack film "Olympus Has Fallen" is getting a sequel, to be titled "London Has Fallen." Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman are all expected to reprise their roles is the new film, which has the president and his Secret Service detail travel to London for the funeral of the prime minister, where a plot to strike the British capital is uncovered.
According to Screen Daily, which broke the news, "Only the President of the United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day" in the sequel.
While it seems strange to give "Olympus" a sequel — the movie didn’t even crack the $100 million mark Stateside — the film still out-performed expectations, and brought in over $161 million in worldwide box office receipts. "London" is believed to "become one of the must-haves of the market," Screen Daily reports.
"London Has Fallen" will begin production in London on May 5, 2014.
[via Screen Daily]