The first “Mission: Impossible” aired for seven seasons on television, beginning in 1966 as a TV spy-action-thriller, with a re-booted TV sequel airing from 1988 to 1990. The TV series later morphed into a massively popular series of motion pictures, beginning with director Brian DePalma’s debut film in the franchise in 1996. It is known for its inventive narrative twists, international intrigue, and star Martin Landous’ multiple rubber-mask disguises.
The first three “Mission: Impossible” films, designated I, II, and III from 1996 to 2006, were followed by “Ghost Protocol,” “Rogue Nation,” and “Fallout” from 2011 to 2018. The film series stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the leader of the Impossible Missions Force.
In each film, the IMF finds itself racing against the clock as they combat anything from hazardous moles seeking to destroy the IMF agency to megalomaniac villains threatening to destroy, well, everything. However, there’s been a double dose of depressing news recently for enthusiastic fans waiting to discover what clock-ticking threat the IMF team will face next.
The release dates for Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 have been delayed.
The next chapter in the franchise, currently dubbed simply “Mission: Impossible 7,” will not hit theatres until July 14, 2023, rather than the previously stated September 30, 2022 release date. Similarly, “Mission: Impossible 8’s” release date has been pushed back from July 7, 2023, to June 28, 2024.
A statement from Paramount and Skydance, which produced the film, said of the new timetable, ” “In response to delays caused by the ongoing epidemic, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have decided to postpone the release dates for “Mission: Impossible 7 & 8.” We’re excited to give moviegoers an unforgettable cinematic experience.”
“Mission: Impossible 7” is said to be in post-production, and “Mission: Impossible 8” is in the works (via IMDb).
Both of the forthcoming films in the franchise will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who directed “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” Along with Tom Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt, the sequel will also feature Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, and others, as well as franchise newcomer Cary Elwes and Marvel stars Haley Atwell and Pom Klementieff.