Paramount Bumps up 'Mission: Impossible 5' to Summer 2015 Date
by Ethan Anderton
January 26, 2015
After originally being set for release on Christmas Day this year, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have just announced that Mission: Impossible 5 will arrive in theaters five months earlier. The studio has set a new release date of July 31st, 2015 (while also pushing back their Monster Trucks movie from this summer to the December 25th slot instead). The film directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is still in production, so this is surprising. I can't remember a movie getting bumped up so far, but maybe they were worried about Star Wars: The Force Awakens the week before.
But at the same time, moving the movie up five months feels like a weird decision. Though Paramount probably didn't want to dump it in the fall, and the end of summer proved to be very lucrative for Guardians of the Galaxy (it came out on August 1st last year), mostly because there's not much competition at the box office once August and September roll around. We still have no idea what Mission: Impossible 5 is about, but we do know that Tom Cruise pulled off a pretty impressive high-flying stunt for the movie. With the movie arriving much sooner, hopefully we'll get a first look sometime soon. Excited?
Reader Feedback - 5 Comments
Not shocking, Star Wars + Disney is a powerhouse combination of two of the strongest entertainment brands on the planet. It is wise not to go up against them. Inferno, Kung Fu Panda 3, and now Mission Impossible 5 have all moved away from Star Wars in December.
Chris Groves on Jan 26, 2015
Great comment and very true. Nothing wants to face Star Wars! I'm presuming that The Man from Uncle moves to avoid mission impossible 5 now.
Your_Mama1 on Jan 26, 2015
Can't wait for this. Never been let down by MI.
OfficialJab on Jan 26, 2015
I have a bad feeling about this episode. Wasn't impressed by Jack reacher and it's impossible to beat MI 4. But still a wise decision...
ari smulders on Jan 26, 2015
NOT excited!! How could anyone be over this? However, let's let that alone and address what might be happening here. Paramount has a huge problem on their hands what with Tom Cruise and the new documentary film, Going Clear, or Getting Clear, or whatever, exposing the horrors of Scientology and Mr. Cruise's part in all that debacle. Cruise is already, right now, taking a huge negative hit PR-wise because of this film's existence and it's screening at Sundance. And it's only going to get worse. Especially when the film shows on HBO in March. Do you really think this isn't going to affect this movie and how to market it? The sooner they get it out the better probably, but my thinking is that there are so many in the mass audience who like this MI stuff it might not make much difference. Still, from all the comments I've been reading online about this film and Cruise, people are really very negative about him...very negative. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. If this movie flops because of Cruise's involvement in Scientology and the negative impact generated by that, his days might be numbered. He somehow managed to survive his stupid antics of jumping on Oprah's couch and that horrible interview he did with Matt Lauer some years back, but this doc film really puts him in a very bad light. How he will be able to survive this continuing on-slaught of negative press due to his involvement in this strange organization is what the real question is.
Bo on Jan 27, 2015
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