The Tom Cruise-fronted Mission: Impossible franchise seems to have quite a bit in common with its lead actor. They both continue to get better with age. Cruise has grounded the series since Brian De Palma's 1996 outing, and the franchise has continued to evolve with each of the five installments. Over the course of each of these films, Mission: Impossible has become an increasingly outlandish, globetrotting phenomenon, as every entry in the series has taken Ethan Hunt and his team to new corners of the world. With Mission: Impossible 6 set to debut in theaters next year, it now seems that Tom Cruise and the team behind the project have officially started looking at Paris as a setting for Ethan Hunt's next adventure.
A recent report from THR indicates that Mission: Impossible 6 is currently eyeing Paris as the shooting location for the next installment of the blockbuster espionage franchise. It's doubtful that Paris will be the only shooting location, considering the sheer scale of previous Mission: Impossible films, but this at least gives us an idea of what type of locales to expect. Although the rumors have not received any official confirmation yet, this report also indicates that the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise will begin production sometime over the course of the next few months in spring or summer.
It's encouraging to know that Mission: Impossible has finally gotten itself back on track after a series of delays. We've known for some time that Tom Cruise and Chris McQuarrie have remained committed to collaborating on the upcoming sequel, but the development of the film had become bogged down by a pay dispute regarding Cruise's salary on the project. Now that those issues seem to have finally resolved itself, the film appears to be making solid progress. We can't blame Cruise for wanting more money; he pretty much puts himself through hell to make these films as intense as they are.
Despite the fact that it's one of the most widely represented cities in all of pop culture, Paris hasn't played a huge part in the Mission: Impossible franchise until now. The first movie's climax took place on the roof of a bullet train speeding towards France, but the actual city of Paris hasn't appeared in any meaningful fashion. Because iconic locales like London, Vienna, Dubai, and Sydney have all featured prominently over the course of the last few movies, all eyes are on director Chris McQuarrie to capture the beauty of the city of lights.
Mission: Impossible is a hard franchise to get a proper read on because each installment is so different from the one that came before it. The series relies on a very loose sense of style or continuity between films, and Tom Cruise is basically the one consistent throughline between all of them. Although it now seems that the movie will shoot in Paris, that doesn't get us any closer to understanding how the film may look or feel when it finally hits theaters.
CinemaBlend will bring you all of the latest and greatest updates related to the upcoming Mission: Impossible adventure as more information becomes available to us. The sixth installment in the series is currently slated to debut in theaters on July 28, 2018.