Christopher McQuarrie publicly lead the charge on the last two Mission: Impossible movies, Rogue Nation and Fallout, as both writer and director, but he actually first contributed to the spy franchise by making an uncredited rewrite of Ghost Protocol's script. Production was already underway, but McQuarrie's changes resulted in the story blending much better with the existing action, and he also overturned the fate of Michelle Monaghan's character, Julia Meade. McQuarrie recalled:
Julia Meade-Hunt was introduced in 2006's Mission: Impossible III, and at the end of that movie, she and Ethan Hunt left on their honeymoon, and there was no indication that Ethan would return to being a field agent. But at the start of Ghost Protocol, Ethan was back in action like before, and Julia was said to have been assassinated. It wasn't until the end of Ghost Protocol that it was revealed that Julia was alive and well, with Ethan having faked her death as part of a plan to give her a new identity and to get him into the prison where we found him at the beginning of Ghost Protocol. But had Christopher McQuarrie not come aboard, she truly would have been gone from this world.
As for why he made sure Julia Meade was still alive in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Christopher McQuarrie felt that it was necessary to ensure that movie was functioning at 100% effectiveness. And by reversing her fate, that also led to giving Jeremy Renner's character, William Brandt, a different backstory, as his need to stay away from the field was originally attributed to the death of two other individuals. In McQuarrie's words:
Christopher McQuarrie also noted in his interview on the Light the Fuse podcast that in the final cut of Ghost Protocol, the idea that Julia was even dead wasn't brought up until William Brandt mentions it approximately 70 minutes into the movie. Ultimately, because he's not a fan of the 'mystery box' trope, McQuarrie's approach was to take every thing that was known and make it unknown, and vice-versa, resulting in Julia's fate being Ghost Protocol's only major mystery. Clearly his alterations paid off, as Ghost Protocol was met with critical acclaim and made over $694 million worldwide.
The latest entry of the Mission: Impossible film series, Fallout, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, and if there is any news regarding Mission: Impossible 7, we here at CinemaBlend will be sure to let you know about it. For now, you can plan your visits to the movie theater this year accordingly by checking out our 2019 release schedule.
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