Although Ethan Hunt is the main protagonist of the Mission: Impossible movies, as the film series has progressed, more focus has been shifted to him being part of a team. Ethan's a skilled spy, but without his teammates, it's safe to say all his onscreen missions would have been disasters. One of Ethan's current allies is Ilsa Faust, who Rebecca Ferguson reprised earlier this year in Fallout. The character has proven popular among Mission: Impossible fans, which led to speculation that Ilsa might get her own spinoff. Director Christopher McQuarrie confirmed that idea had been discussed, but it's unlikely such a project would ever be made given how important the team dynamic is in the Mission: Impossible movies. McQuarrie explained:
Certain film franchises lend themselves to being spun off or even forming a cinematic universe, but as Christopher McQuarrie sees it, Mission: Impossible is not one of those franchises. Even though Ethan Hunt works with others to stop the forces of evil, he's still the leading character in these movies. So with a spinoff, whether Ilsa Faust is leading it or someone else, there would inevitably be concern about Tom Cruise's absence. With that in mind, McQuarrie and his ilk think it's better to keep Ilsa and Ethan's other allies around for the main Mission: Impossible adventures.
However, just because Ilsa Faust likely won't lead her own Mission: Impossible spinoff, that doesn't mean that Christopher McQaurrie doesn't have big plans in mind for Rebeca Ferguson. During his interview with Collider, McQuarrie also mentioned that he's interested in developing something else for the actress to headline, saying:
After being brought into Rogue Nation as a foil for Ethan Hunt, Ilsa Faust returned in Fallout, and while she and Ethan once again found themselves on rocky terms initially, by the end of the movie they seemed to be in a good place. There's no word yet on if Mission: Impossible 7 will get the green light, but if it does, one would imagine that Ilsa will remain an important player. As for if Christopher McQuarrie will develop something separate for Rebecca Ferguson to star in, the director later added that he has a specific project in mind for her that's a remake of an existing film or TV series that could be made with a reasonable budget. So if that gets off the ground, we'll be sure to let you know.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage about the Mission: Impossible film series, and be sure to look though our 2018 release schedule to plan your trips to the theater for the rest of the year accordingly.
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