Tom Cruise is a complete psychopath, from his religious affiliations to his ridiculous need to reach the brink of death on every action movie he stars. Most recently, the crazy airplane stunt for The Mummy, which is a practical effect. This crazy jackass actually went up in the air and rolled around in one anti-gravity simulating a real place crash, because he is bath*t. Now the news has broke that he has been gearing up for one absulutely ball out stunt sequence for his upcoming Mission Impossible 6, for 6 freaking months.
Collider‘s Steve Weintraub recently spoke with Skyedance Media CEO, David Ellison at SXSW, and was offered some cool info on the upcoming 6th installment in the blockbuster franchise. It was revealed that filming on the sequel begins on April 10th and will be shooting in Paris, London, and New Zealand, and when asked what kind of stunt they have planned as the centerpiece this time around, Ellison said Cruise has already been training since Rogue Nation came out:
“We’re thrilled. Chris is back, obviously, writing and directing after Rogue Nation. We could not be more excited about the character Henry Cavill’s going to play. And I will say after the Burj [Khalifa] we thought it was going to be impossible to top that stunt, and then Tom did the A380 for the plane. What Tom is doing in this movie I believe will top anything that’s come before. It is absolutely unbelievable—he’s been training for a year. It is going to be, I believe, the most impressive and unbelievable thing that Tom Cruise has done in a movie, and he has been working on it since right after Rogue Nation came out. It’s gonna be mind-blowing.”
Henry Cavill’s casting is enough to get everyone excited for this film. That mixed with Christopher McQuarrie returning to write and direct is pretty epic, considering the last film was awesome. Ellison went on to touch on Cruise’s incessant need to do his own stunts:
“It all comes from the best place. It is all about entertaining an audience. Tom’s entire mantra for hanging on the side of the Burj Khalifa or the A380 or literally holding your breath for six minutes underwater to do the Taurus sequence is, in a world of massive [visual] effects, he said the audience can tell when it’s you on a green screen or when you’re actually doing it live. And the tension, because the stunt is real, actually puts the audience where Ethan Hunt is where they are in the movie. He said that’s why he does it; it’s all about entertaining an audience and it makes the movie better.”
Ellison would;t say where this sequence was going to be in the film, but he did talk about the Burj Khalifa sequence in Ghost Protocol:
“I cannot say for M:I 6, but on Rogue Nation it was a conversation that was ongoing about whether or not it was in the opening or the middle of the movie. Obviously in Ghost Protocol there was a lot of conversation about should the Burj be at the end of the movie? Because it was obviously the biggest stunt in the film, and it really was just story drives everything. That’s the amazing thing about working with somebody who’s talented as Chris McQuarrie, who is a brilliant, brilliant screenwriter as well as a director, is story drives every single decision.”
Ellison said the production schedule for Mission: Impossible 6 will be similar to the other movies—90-100 days, filming in three countries—so it’ll be interesting to see if news breaks of this sequence during filming or if they’re able to keep it under wraps. Either way, it sounds like we’re in for a treat when the sequel hits theaters on July 27, 2018.
Update via Collider: Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie responded to Ellison’s comments with the following statement. We’ve updated the story to reflect the correct verbiage:
To be clear: it's a SEQUENCE Cruise has spent a year training for. Not a stunt.
The stunts are a hobby.
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) March 20, 2017