Mission: Impossible (film series)

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Mission: Impossible
Missionimpossibleblurayboxset.jpg
Blu-ray box set of the first three films
Directed byBrian De Palma (1)
John Woo (2)
J.J. Abrams (3)
Brad Bird (4)
Produced byTom Cruise (1–4)
Paula Wagner (1–3)
J. J. Abrams (4)
Bryan Burk (4)
Screenplay byDavid Koepp (1)
Robert Towne (1–2)
Alex Kurtzman (3)
Roberto Orci (3)
J. J. Abrams (3)
André Nemec (4)
Josh Appelbaum (4)
Story byDavid Koepp (1)
Steven Zaillian (1)
Ronald D. Moore (2)
Brannon Braga (2)
Alex Kurtzman (3)
Roberto Orci (3)
J. J. Abrams (3)
André Nemec (4)
Josh Appelbaum (4)
Based onMission: Impossible 
by Bruce Geller
StarringTom Cruise
(See below)
Music byDanny Elfman (1)
Hans Zimmer (2)
Michael Giacchino (3–4)
CinematographyStephen H. Burum (1)
Jeffrey L. Kimball (2)
Dan Mindel (3)
Robert Elswit (4)
Edited byPaul Hirsch (1, 4)
Steven Kemper (2)
Christian Wagner (2)
Maryann Brandon (3)
Mary Jo Markey (3)
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date(s)1996 – present
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$500 million
Box office$2,096,647,856
 
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Mission: Impossible
Missionimpossibleblurayboxset.jpg
Blu-ray box set of the first three films
Directed byBrian De Palma (1)
John Woo (2)
J.J. Abrams (3)
Brad Bird (4)
Produced byTom Cruise (1–4)
Paula Wagner (1–3)
J. J. Abrams (4)
Bryan Burk (4)
Screenplay byDavid Koepp (1)
Robert Towne (1–2)
Alex Kurtzman (3)
Roberto Orci (3)
J. J. Abrams (3)
André Nemec (4)
Josh Appelbaum (4)
Story byDavid Koepp (1)
Steven Zaillian (1)
Ronald D. Moore (2)
Brannon Braga (2)
Alex Kurtzman (3)
Roberto Orci (3)
J. J. Abrams (3)
André Nemec (4)
Josh Appelbaum (4)
Based onMission: Impossible 
by Bruce Geller
StarringTom Cruise
(See below)
Music byDanny Elfman (1)
Hans Zimmer (2)
Michael Giacchino (3–4)
CinematographyStephen H. Burum (1)
Jeffrey L. Kimball (2)
Dan Mindel (3)
Robert Elswit (4)
Edited byPaul Hirsch (1, 4)
Steven Kemper (2)
Christian Wagner (2)
Maryann Brandon (3)
Mary Jo Markey (3)
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date(s)1996 – present
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$500 million
Box office$2,096,647,856

The Mission: Impossible films are a series of action spy films based on the television series of the same name, produced by and starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The series is the 16th highest grossing film series of all time with over $2 billion worth of worldwide gross.[1]

Films[edit]

Mission: Impossible[edit]

Released in 1996. Ethan Hunt is framed for not only the murder of his fellow IMF agents during a Prague Embassy mission gone wrong, but is also wrongly accused of selling government secrets to a mysterious international criminal known only as "Max".

Mission: Impossible II[edit]

Released in 2000. Ethan Hunt sends Nyah Nordoff-Hall undercover to stop an ex-IMF agent's mad scheme to steal a deadly virus and sell the antidote to the highest bidder.

Mission: Impossible III[edit]

Released in 2006. Ethan Hunt, retired from being an IMF team leader and engaged to be married, assembles a team to face a ruthless arms and information broker intending to sell a mysterious dangerous object known as "The Rabbit's Foot".

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol[edit]

Released in 2011. Ethan Hunt, as well as the entire IMF are placed with the blame of the bombing of the Kremlin. He and three others must stop a man bent on starting a global nuclear war.

Fifth film[edit]

A fifth Mission: Impossible will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie[2] and Drew Pearce will be writing the film.[3] Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have signed a deal with Tom Cruise to reprise the role of Ethan Hunt and produce.[4] Jeremy Renner is reported to return as William Brandt.[5] On November 13, 2013, a release date of December 2015 was announced.[6] On November 19, 2013, Simon Pegg confirmed that he will reprise his role as Benji.[7] On April 24, 2014, it was rumored that Jessica Chastain was being considered for a lead role in the film.[8] On May 9, 2014, Paramount, Skydance and Cruise have tapped Will Staples to work on the script for the fifth film.[9] On May 29 Cruise confirms the fifth installment of the film will shoot in London.[10] On June 6 Renner confirmed he'll return for the fifth installment.[11] The film will be shot in Vienna before heading to the UK.[12]

On July 9, 2014, Rebecca Ferguson was cast and Alec Baldwin was in talks for the fifth film.[13][14]

Principal cast[edit]

CharacterFilm
Mission: ImpossibleMission: Impossible IIMission: Impossible IIIMission: Impossible –
Ghost Protocol
Mission: Impossible V
Ethan HuntTom Cruise
Luther StickellVing Rhames
Benjamín "Benji" Dunn Simon Pegg
Julia Meade Michelle Monaghan 
William Brandt Jeremy Renner
Jim PhelpsJon Voight 
Claire PhelpsEmmanuelle Béart 
Eugene KittridgeHenry Czerny 
Franz KriegerJean Reno 
Sarah DaviesKristin Scott Thomas 
MaxVanessa Redgrave 
Jack HarmonEmilio Estevez 
Hannah WilliamsIngeborga Dapkunaite 
Frank BarnesDale Dye 
Max's CompanionAndreas Wisniewski 
Sean Ambrose Dougray Scott 
Nyah Nordoff-Hall Thandie Newton 
Hugh Stamp Richard Roxburgh 
Billy Baird John Polson 
John C. McCloy Brendan Gleeson 
Dr. Nekhorvich Rade Šerbedžija 
Swanbeck Anthony Hopkins
Wallis William Mapother
Ulrich Dominic Purcell
Owen Davian Philip Seymour Hoffman 
John Musgrave Billy Crudup 
Declan Gormley Jonathan Rhys Meyers 
Lindsey Farris Keri Russell 
Zhen Lei Maggie Q 
Theodore Brassel Laurence Fishburne 
Brownway Eddie Marsan 
Jane Carter Paula Patton
Kurt Hendricks Michael Nyqvist 
Trevor Hanaway Josh Holloway 
Brij Nath Anil Kapoor 
Sabine Moreau Léa Seydoux 
The Secretary Tom Wilkinson 
Marius Wistrom Samuli Edelmann 

Crew[edit]

FilmDirectorProducerWriterComposerEditorCinematographer
Mission: ImpossibleBrian De PalmaTom Cruise
Paula Wagner
screenplay:
David Koepp
Robert Towne
story:
David Koepp
Steven Zaillian
Danny ElfmanPaul HirschStephen H. Burum
Mission: Impossible IIJohn Wooscreenplay:
Robert Towne
story:
Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
Hans ZimmerSteven Kemper
Christian Wagner
Jeffrey L. Kimball
Mission: Impossible IIIJ.J. AbramsAlex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & J.J. AbramsMichael GiacchinoMaryann Brandon
Mary Jo Markey
Dan Mindel
Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolBrad BirdTom Cruise
J.J. Abrams
Bryan Burk
Josh Appelbaum & André NemecPaul HirschRobert Elswit

Video games[edit]

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

FilmRelease dateBox office grossBox office rankingBudgetReference
North AmericaOutside North AmericaWorldwideAll time North AmericaAll time worldwide
Mission: ImpossibleMay 22, 1996$180,981,856$276,714,503$457,696,359#152
#148(A)
#119$80 million[15]
Mission: Impossible IIMay 24, 2000$215,409,889$330,978,216$546,388,105#102
#156(A)
#82$125 million[16]
Mission: Impossible IIIMay 5, 2006$134,029,801$263,820,211$397,850,012#294#153$150 million[17]
Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolDecember 16, 2011 (Limited)
December 21, 2011
$209,397,903$485,315,477$694,713,380#109#49$145 million[18]
Total$739,811,483$1,356,836,373$2,096,647,856$500 million[19]
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Critical response[edit]

FilmRotten TomatoesMetacritic
Mission: Impossible61% (49 reviews)[20]60 (16 reviews)[21]
Mission: Impossible II57% (141 reviews)[22]60 (33 reviews)[23]
Mission: Impossible III70% (218 reviews)[24]66 (38 reviews)[25]
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol93% (227 reviews)[26]73 (38 reviews)[27]

Controversy[edit]

Some fans of the TV series were upset that Jim Phelps, team leader in the series, became a traitor in the first movie, selling the details of government agents to an arms dealer. Actor Greg Morris, who portrayed Barney Collier in the original television series, was so disgusted with the film's treatment of the Phelps character that he walked out of the theater before the film ended.[28] Martin Landau, who portrayed Rollin Hand in the original series, was equally negative concerning the films. In an MTV interview in October 2009, Landau stated: "When they were working on an early incarnation of the first one – not the script they ultimately did – they wanted the entire team to be destroyed, done away with one at a time, and I was against that", he said. "It was basically an action-adventure movie and not 'Mission.' 'Mission' was a mind game. The ideal mission was getting in and getting out without anyone ever knowing we were there. So the whole texture changed. Why volunteer to essentially have our characters commit suicide? I passed on it. The script wasn't that good either."[29]

Peter Graves turned down an offer to portray Jim Phelps in the 1996 film due to the fact Phelps was going to be revealed as an antagonist.[30]

Change to theme song[edit]

The television version is in a rarely used 5/4 (5 beats to a measure) time and is difficult to dance to, as was proven by a memorable segment of American Bandstand in which teenage dancers were caught off-guard by Dick Clark's playing of the Lalo Schifrin single release.[31]

The opening theme music for the first three films are stylized renditions of Lalo Schifrin's original iconic theme, preserving the 5/4 rhythm, by Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and Michael Giacchino respectively by the films' chronology. Most of the versions included in the score also retained the 5/4 time signature.[31]

However, for Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen, Jr.'s remix featured on the first film's motion picture soundtrack, the time signature was changed to standard pop 4/4 (4 beats to a measure) time to make it more dance-friendly, although the intro is still in 5/4 time.[31] Also, the Limp Bizkit song "Take a Look Around" from the soundtrack to the second film was set to a similar 4/4 modification of the theme, with an interlude in 5/4.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mission: Impossible Movies at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  2. ^ Christopher McQuarrie Confirmed for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5
  3. ^ 'Iron Man 3' Writer Drew Pearce to Pen Next 'Mission: Impossible' (Exclusive)
  4. ^ http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=103854
  5. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (2013-08-18). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  6. ^ Elavsky, Cindy (November 24, 2013). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ Recent reports suggest that Rosamund Pike and Channing Tatum are slated for inclusion as well.Kenya and Singapore are confirmed as shooting locations. Simon Pegg Confirms That He'll Return for Mission: Impossible 5
  8. ^ "Jessica Chastain Rumored for Female Lead in 'Mission: Impossible 5'". firstshowing.net. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Kit, Borys (May 9, 2014). "'Mission: Impossible 5' Taps New Writer (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tom Cruise returns to London to film Mission Impossible 5". telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "‘Mission: Impossible 5′: Jeremy Renner Confirms Return". slashfilm. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ Daniels, Nia (July 8, 2014). "Mission: Impossible 5 takes Tom Cruise to Vienna". kftv.com. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=120362
  14. ^ http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=120359
  15. ^ "Mission: Impossible (1996)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mission: Impossible II (2000)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mission: Impossible III (2006)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Mission Impossible Moviesat the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mission Impossible". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Mission: Impossible". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Mission Impossible 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Mission: Impossible II". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Mission Impossible III". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Mission: Impossible III". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  28. ^ 'Mission: Impossible' TV stars disgruntled. CNN. May 29, 1996.
  29. ^ Martin Landau Discusses 'Mission: Impossible' Movies, MTV Movies Blog, October 29, 2009
  30. ^ Eric Ditzian (March 15, 2010). "Peter Graves And The Legacy Of 'Mission: Impossible'". MTV.com. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  31. ^ a b c They Shot, He Scored by Dave Karger. Published June 7, 1996. Retrieved February 11, 2011.