'Mission: Impossible 5' Production Halted Until They Fix the Ending
Here's a classic example of why Hollywood is a broken machine just trying to pump out products. Mission: Impossible 5 was originally slated for release on Christmas Day this year, but just last month Paramount Pictures revealed they had bumped up the film a full five months. But here's the rub: the film was still in production in London, and now THR reports shooting was recently halted for a week because the film still doesn't have a satisfactory ending. That's right, a major motion picture studio sent a blockbuster film into production knowing that they didn't have a good ending. Is this surprising? No. Is it stupid? Absolutely.
During the "week or so" off production, director Christopher McQuarrie sat down with an unnamed writer friend, who isn't being paid or credited for work on the sequel, to craft an ending for the Tom Cruise movie. Paramount is trying to make this sound like it's not a problem by saying, "Chris, Tom [Cruise] and a third person wanted to take a minute to get from what they thought was a good place to a more perfect place." Their positivity isn't necessarily misplaced though as the trade notes one executive responded to questions about being behind schedule by referencing another debacle at their studio that turned out fine, ""Are you kidding? We made World War Z." Here's hoping their confidence isn't misplaced and this comes together, but the movie hits theaters on July 31st, so we'll see.