It’s a tough day to be a Tom Cruise fan. Paramount just announced that we won’t get a new Mission: Impossible movie this year. The untitled seventh movie of the franchise was moved from September 30, 2022 to July 14, 2023, and the eighth installment will hit theaters on June 28, 2024, instead of July 7, 2023.
You can check the official statement from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions here:
“After thoughtful consideration, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have decided to postpone the release dates for Mission: Impossible 7 & 8 in response to delays due to the ongoing pandemic. The new release dates will be July 14, 2023, and June 28, 2024, respectively. We look forward to providing moviegoers with an unparalleled theatrical experience.”
Mission: Impossible franchise kicked off in 1996 with the original movie that was the continuation of both the original 1966 series of the same name and the 1988 sequel series. The movie franchise issued five sequels in 2000, 2006, 2011, 2015, and 2018, respectively. The most recent installment, Fallout, was a huge success. The movie grossed $791.1 million and it received positive reviews from critics and the audience. The franchise grossed $3.570 billion in total so far.
Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed currently last two movies of the franchise (Rogue Nation and Fallout) signed to write and direct the seventh and eighth installments which were filmed back-to-back. The pandemic also took a toll on production back in 2020.
Tom Cruise starred in all the movies of the franchise, and of course, he’s going to return in the next two sequels. Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Frederick Schmidt are also all returning in their respective roles, while Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, Charles Parnell, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, and Cary Elwes are set to join the franchise in the seventh movie.
Let’s repeat once again, just in case: Mission: Impossible 7 — July 14, 2023, Mission: Impossible 8 — June 28, 2024. A lot of waiting is in front of Mission: Impossible fans.