Fans will have to wait a little longer to see the movie formerly known as Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two, whether or not they choose to accept it. Paramount pushed the release date of the eighth Mission: Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise to 2025.
Variety reports, “Paramount Pictures has delayed the next Mission: Impossible by nearly an entire year, from its original date of June 28, 2024 to its new spot on May 23, 2025. Like other films of its size and scale, the eighth Mission movie was forced to halt production amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike and won’t be completed in time to open next summer. It’s a fate that faces many big-budget tentpoles if the actors union and studios don’t resolve their contract negotiations in the coming weeks.”
Paramount and Skydance are dropping “Dead Reckoning” from the title of the eighth Mission: Impossible, but it will still follow the story established in Dead Reckoning Part One. No official reason was given for the title change, but Part One‘s lackluster box office performance surely contributed to the decision. Variety reports, “Christopher McQuarrie directed the seventh Mission, which landed in theaters just before the global phenomenon of Barbenheimer. Despite positive reviews and goodwill from Cruise’s last blockbuster sensation Top Gun: Maverick, the tentpole fell short of box office expectations with $567 million globally. Part One hardly played on IMAX screens because Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer dominated the premium format through the end of the summer. That won’t be the case with the next Mission, which is getting a three-week exclusive IMAX run.”
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Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One stars Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Henry Czerny. The official synopsis reads, “Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: to track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With the fate of the world at stake, a deadly race around the globe begins. Confronted by a mysterious, all-powerful enemy, Ethan is forced to consider that nothing can matter more than his mission – not even the lives of those he cares about most.”
The follow-up to Dead Reckoning Part One isn't the only movie that Paramount postponed. A Quiet Place: Day One, a Lupita Nyong’o-led prequel to 2018's horror hit A Quiet Place, will now premiere on June 28, 2024 instead of March 8, 2024. That date and the release dates of many other movies could change if the SAG-AFTRA strike isn't settled soon.
Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One is available for digital download on services such as Vudu and Prime Video. The movie drops on 4K UHD and Blu-ray on October 31.
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