Tom Cruise could be finally done with the hugely popular Mission Impossible franchise. Recent reports indicate that Tom is leaving the series, and the forthcoming two films, Dead Reckoning 1 and 2–have been announced to say goodbye to Tom’s most famous persona, Ethan Hunt. But, the film’s Director Christopher McQuarrie has advised fans to take the news with an equal amount of caution.
The First Mission Impossible film was released in 1996. It was a huge hit that established Tom as an action hero. The six films released to date have made $3.5 billion at the world box office. A two-story arc is in production and will see Dead Reckoning Part One released in 2023, and Dead Reckoning Part Two in 2024.
According to the Variety report, The films are said to be a final goodbye to Tom’s character as well as a ‘celebration to the entire series. But when requested to speak on the subject the director Christopher said on the Light the Fuse podcast “Let me tell you, I’ve been working with Tom Cruise for 15 years and I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been standing next to the man, witnessed an event and then read about it in the trades the next day and none of what they describe is actually true.”
Christopher stated that these reports are spread by those who have an ‘agenda’. “When you read articles in the trades, just put the imaginary word in front of the headline: ‘The Agenda Is …’ When you read ‘anonymous sources’ or ‘sources close to the production say,’ that’s somebody putting it out there for a specific reason,” Christopher said.
Dead Reckoning Part One, is set to be released in theaters on July 14, 2023. In addition to Tom and his character, the film also stars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, Henry Czerny, and Cary Elwes.