The most recent delay dealt to both Mission: Impossible sequels is news that probably still has fans feeling rather glum. However, the bright side to things is that this isn’t one of those pushes that signals a lack of confidence for the films. Rather, much like Paramount's decision not to send Top Gun: Maverick streaming, the studio just wants to get the bang for its buck when it comes to Tom Cruise’s return as Ethan Hunt. Now we have further hype coming from valued IMF team member Simon Pegg, who’s teased his character’s Mission: Impossible 7 journey, and the crazy things that have been filmed for it.
I had the privilege to speak with Mr. Pegg, as he was promoting his latest movie, The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild. Set to premiere this weekend on Disney+, his return to another huge franchise had me thinking about the continued adventures of his analyst-turned-field agent, Benji Dunn. Naturally, in the interest of this interview not self-destructing, I prodded for some non-spoiler comments on behalf of CinemaBlend, and here’s what Simon Pegg was allowed to tell us:
While the bad news is that Simon naturally had to be a bit tight-lipped about what’s to come, the good news is that he still managed to tease Mission: Impossible’s sixth sequel in a compelling manner. That is especially vital when looking back at how Mission: Impossible - Fallout almost deified Tom Cruise’s character as a sort of saint in the world of the IMF. Hearing that the entire team is feeling the weight of their jobs is exactly the sort of challenge that should kick off the two-part mega story that continues with Mission: Impossible 8. Pressure is sure to mount under those circumstances, and we might see even more betrayals, losses and grudges come out of the continued fight against the remains of The Apostles.
Not only acting as a representative for one of his many franchise homes, Simon Pegg’s remarks are those of a fan who’s ready for Mission: Impossible 7 to finally hit theaters. Several setbacks in production and the most recent delay have already pushed the next film almost exactly two years down the line from its intended debut; so that’s also a weight on fans and talent alike. Keeping the faith, and encouraging Mission fans to hang tight, Mr. Pegg further teased the excitement thusly:
“Crazy things” is a very subjective term, both when compared to what Simon Pegg’s Benji Dunn has endured fictionally and what Tom Cruise has done for these films in real life. Most notably, that insane skydiving stunt Cruise was spotted filming is something that pushes the application of “crazy” towards something a little more like “impossibly dangerous.” That’s only a taste of what’s to come, and that has me excited for what’s to come, even if it’s going to unfold in over a year’s time.
Mission: Impossible 7 will debut, should you choose to accept it, on July 14, 2023, with Mission: Impossible 8 now slated for June 28, 2024. In the meantime, you can hear Simon Pegg’s return for The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, as well as the rest of the Ice Age saga, starting this Friday only on Disney+. Last, but not least, if you’re looking for some of the best movies on Paramount+, the previous two installments of the Mission: Impossible run can be found in that particular library.
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