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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

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Release Date: December 16, 2011 (North America)

Genres: Action, Sequel, Thriller          MPAA Rating: PG-13

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Paramount Pictures   Production Company: Bad Robot

Who's In It: Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt), Jeremy Renner (William Brandt), Ving Rhames (Luther Stickell), Simon Pegg (Benji Dunn), Paula Patton (Jane Carter)

Who's Making It: Brad Bird (Director), J.J. Abrams (Producer), Tom Cruise (Producer), Andre Nemec (Screenwriter), Josh Appelbaum (Screenwriter)

Premise: When IMF agent Ethan Hunt and his team are made to be the fall guys for a devastating attack on Russia, it's up to them to clear their names without assistance and pursued by the world's... More »

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Paramount released the second trailer for Ghost Protocol today, offering us more depth about the four-quel's storyline and showing more of the action. Dig it below:



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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Unlike the three earlier entries in the film franchise, the next Mission: Impossible movie will have a subtitle: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. So what is a "ghost protocol"? Neither Tom Cruise nor director Brad Bird wanted to provide any illumination on what that subtitle may mean during the press conference they attended in Dubai.

Cruise did provide a small nugget of info, saying that he will be filming an action sequence from the side of the world's tallest building, the half-a-mile tall Burj Khalifa. "I'll be spending many days, many hours on the side of this building," Cruise said. "I can't give you details, but I will be up there."

The production has completed filming scenes in Prague and is now in Dubai for this portion of the filmmaking. After wrapping things up in the UAE the team will then move on to film additional scenes in Moscow and Vancouver.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

French actress Léa Seydoux (Inglorious Basterds) and Anil Kapoor (the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host in Slumdog Millionaire) are now cast. Seydoux is playing the female villain role which is said to be a counterpart to Michael Nyqvist's heavy while Kapoor is rumored to also be another bad guy.

- The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Josh Holloway is the newest addition to the IMF team. The actor who played Lost castaway Sawyer for six seasons on the ABC TV series will play a member of the Impossible Mission Force in the movie.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Sunday, September 26, 2010

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, whom North American audiences now know for playing the role of journalist Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has won a role in M:I 4 playing one of the sequel's villains.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, September 23, 2010

Well-known Russian actor Vladimir Mashkov has won a part in M:I 4 playing a secret agent from his native land. Best-known to western audiences for playing the villain in the 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines, Mashkov is instantly recognized in Russia as an actor as well as a director of movies. His next film, The Edge, is Russia's submission in the Best Foreign Language category at the 2011 Academy Awards.

- The Wrap. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, September 2, 2010

The female lead for the movie has been found and she's Paula Patton. Patton edged out the two other contenders Lauren German and Kristen Kreuk to win the part. She's starred in Precious, Swing Vote, Deja Vu, Mirrors, Hitch and Idlewild. According to the source that broke the news Patton will be a member of the IMF.

- Deadline. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner has been cast in the fourth Mission: Impossible movie. While Paramount Pictures has confirmed Renner's involvement, there's no details about who his character is. He could be playing a villain or one of Ethan Hunt's IMF co-workers, or even a character from the IMF that's being positioned to take over the movie franchise should Paramount want to go with a younger action star.

Renner's already working with the studio on The Avengers where he'll play the superhero Hawkeye.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Rumor has it that the financial deal to make M:I 4 a reality means that Tom Cruise will have to take a substantial pay cut. Hollywood insider site Vulture reports that Cruise is getting a "substantially reduced upfront payment relative to his previous outings with the M:I films"; what that means in english is Tom is getting cut a smaller check to make the sequel, then if the picture is a hit he'll start earning tens of millions on the backend participation sliding scale.

All this comes after Cruise's last film, Knight & Day, has only managed to gross $74 million domestic and less than $200 mil internationally.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Simon Pegg is in negotiations to reprise his M:I 3 role as Benji Dunn, the science expert that Tom Cruise's character is on call with. This would mark the third occasion that Pegg would be involved with a J.J. Abrams affair, after the last Mission: Impossible movie and Abrams' reboot of Star Trek where Pegg played the role of Scotty.

THR also reports that M:I 4 director Brad Bird has begun reading actors for other roles in the film. Shooting is expected to commence in early September.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, May 7, 2010

Paramount Pictures has shifted the release of the fourth Mission: Impossible from May 27, 2011 to December 16 of the same year. The studio may fill M:I 4's slot with the freshly announced Super 8, which will be J.J. Abrams next movie that he's directing.

And in the all-but-confirmed-department-because-it-came-from-the-mouth-of-Tom Cruise, the actor told Empire that Brad Bird will be helming the new Mission: Impossible. "We're working with Brad right now. I don't know if I’m allowed to talk about it but everything's signed... Brad is doing it," said Cruise.

- Paramount Pictures, Empire. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Hollywood Reporter breaks word that director Brad Bird is being considered for the directing job for M:I 4 along with Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer and Shawn of the Dead's Edgar Wright.

Bird is best known for helming two Pixar animated films, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, as well as the Warner Bros. 'toon The Iron Giant. If he does get the Mission: Impossible job this would be his first live-action feature length movie.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Paramount Pictures has officially targeted Mission: Impossible IV for a Memorial Day weekend 2011 release. Tom Cruise has been confirmed to star in the film as well as one of the producers along with J.J. Abrams. Abrams will not return to direct the new M:I. Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec will write the script based on an original idea by Cruise and Abrams.

"Tom and J.J. are great talents and we are excited to be working with them to re-launch this legendary franchise," said Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey in a company press release.

Abrams' Bad Robot Productions is the production entity behind the movie while David Ellison's Skydance Productions is co-financing the picture.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

At a press event held for the upcoming DVD release of Star Trek, director J.J. Abrams was asked if he would consider putting in one of the older stars of the original Mission: Impossible TV series into the fourth movie. Abrams response:

"How cool would that be? I just got a call that Peter Graves is in great shape, which would be a very bizarre bend in the space-time continuum, for obvious reasons. I almost feel like you could make him serious again and bringing him back. Whether it’s Nimoy, who I have an incredible affinity for, or Graves, or anyone, we’ll see."

Abrams also mentioned that when he made Mission: Impossible III he inquired about the possibility of getting Martin Landau to reprise his Rollin Hand spy character. Abrams said that he heard back that Landau wasn't interested in revisiting the role.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Variety reports that Alias writers Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec have been selected to pen the screenplay for Mission: Impossible IV. "I’ve been looking forward to working with Josh and Andre again for years," producer J.J. Abrams told the outlet. "Their sense of balance between character and action is wonderful, which I know is hugely important to Tom as well. We’re off to an exciting start, so, as usual, fingers crossed."

The next Impossible movie is being eyed for a 2011 release date.

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