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The fifth installment of Mission: Impossible hasn.t even hit theaters, but it looks like the next film in the series is already under way. With the continuing success in the franchise it comes as no surprise that Tom Cruise will be taking on yet another impossible mission, but with more than two months left until Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation hits theaters, it is quite the quick turnaround. Obviously details are very limited at this moment, as word rolls in that tentatively titled Mission: Impossible 6 is only recently underway. The Tracking Board first broke the news that the franchise has apparently already set a new film in motion with Tom Cruise back to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt. The publication also noted that Cruise is returning to produce along with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and J.J. Abrams. Don Granger and Matt Grimm are set as executive producers »
According to The Tracking Board, Paramount, Bad Robot and Skydance Productions are already in early development on Mission: Impossible 6, which will see Cruise returning to produce alongside DaviD Ellison, Dana Golberg and J.J. Abrams.
See Also: Watch the trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The site reports that “none of the cast members are officially set, but the team ensemble is expected to return, having been on board for the first two installments of the somewhat rebooted new trilogy.”
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is set for release on July 31st, with Christopher McQuarrie directing Cruise alongside fellow franchise veterans Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames and new additions Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Alec Baldwin »
- Gary Collinson
Considering the high-octane action sequel Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which stars superstar Tom Cruise (Edge Of Tomorrow) alongside an ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Renner (Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), and Alec Baldwin (The Departed), hasn't even opened yet, this new report may be a tad premature, but according to The Tracking Board, Paramount may already be in the early stages of developing Mission: Impossible 6, which is expected to round out the new trilogy that started with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Cruise, J.J. Abrams, David Ellison, and Dana Goldberg are all back on as producers for the sixth film with Don Granger and Matt Grimm serving as executive producers and Elizabeth Raposo overseeing development. It's too early to say which cast members will be back, but the report claims that the full ensemble is expected to return, which »
Could a sixth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series already be in the works?
The Tracking Board reports that Paramount is wasting no time in keeping the momentum of its "Mission: Impossible" franchise going with a follow-up to this coming July's fifth film "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" said to already be in development.
- Garth Franklin
Now playing in theaters is Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland. The film stars George Clooney as Frank, a disillusioned boy-genius who teams up with the optimistic and scientifically-inclined Casey (Britt Robertson) to discover the secrets of the enigmatic place known as “Tomorrowland”. The film also stars Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, and Thomas Robinson, and was written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Damon Lindelof. He talked about what they learned from test screenings, deleted scenes, how they had an alternate ending, Easter eggs, his most memorable day on set, the fanboy experience of working with people he idolizes like Brad Bird, and why he hasn’t seen any footage besides the trailers for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Finally, if »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
While the trailers for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have so far used bits of John Williams' iconic score from the original trilogy, many have wondered how much of the master composer's previous works will make it into his new score for the J.J. Abrams-directed new film. Speaking with Vanity Fair, confirmed that a few scenes will feature 'thematic pieces' from the earlier films:
"There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven't done it yet, but we're planning to do it. It's something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we've chosen to do these kinds of quotes.
There aren't many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way."
Having composed »
- Garth Franklin
With the impending arrival "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the months ahead will feature lots of reminiscences about the first time various show business big shots encountered the franchise or what the characters and films meant to so many childhoods. But no one will have J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves beat when it comes a tale of happenstance that changed their lives, starting them on the path that would lead their career's as filmmakers and see one of them get a chance to direct a bona fide 'Star Wars' movie. Chatting with Vanity Fair, producer Kathleen Kennedy shared the great story about how Abrams and Reeves first crossed her path decades ago, and met Steven Spielberg, thanks to a dusty box found in a basement in Arizona. Read on.... It was funny. I was working with Steven, and I got a phone call one day. And this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Midas Flesh #1-4 (2014)
Written by Ryan North
Art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Published by Boom! Studios
Midas Flesh is a high concept science fiction saga with down-to-earth protagonists from the creative brain of writer Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) and frequent artistic collaborators Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time). The story is about the house shaped ship Prospect and its three freedom fighters: the human scientist Fatima, the kindly dinosaur scientist Cooper, and their straight shooting, yet intelligent leader Joey as they discover a planet completely made of gold, which supposedly has some kind of weapon that can take out the evil Federation. Midas Flesh #1 reveals this doomsday weapon to be the finger of the not so mythical King Midas, whose golden touch ended up ending life on Earth as we know because the gold particles transmuted through the air.
From this premise, Midas Flesh »
- Logan Dalton
This December, costume designer Michael Kaplan is set to add b to an impressive CV that includes the likes of Blade Runner, Se7en, Fight Club, Star Trek and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and during an in depth interview with Vanity Fair, the BAFTA Award winner has spoken about his work on December’s hugely-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“I went up to George Lucas’s archives—huge building—and just spent a day going through sketches and looking just to get the tone of the movie, you know, in my guts and veins so that when I went to London I felt equipped and inspired, which I certainly did,” states Kaplan when asked how he went about updating the look of the Original Trilogy costumes. “The old stormtroopers uniforms would not be usable. Audiences of today have become so sophisticated that a lot of things you could get away with in the past, »
- Gary Collinson
By now you’ve heard it a million times. After J.J. Abrams passed on the film a first time, Brad Bird was given the opportunity to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Bird, however, had to choose between Star Wars and Tomorrowland, a film he was also passionate about which was already in pre-production, and had a star attached. Obviously, […]
- Germain Lussier
Filmmaker Justin Lin was one of the driving forces behind turning the Fast & Furious franchise into one of the most popular film series of all time by helming installments 3-5, and now it appears he’s keen on expanding his reach into the TV realm. Lin is the director HBO settled on to helm the first two episodes of True Detective Season 2, crafting the visual look of the anthology series’ second season, and now he’s developing a TV show of his own at Cinemax. Per Deadline, the HBO sister network and Lin are developing the drama series Warrior, which is inspired by the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Lin is attached to direct the potential pilot, which was written by Jonathan Tropper, the co-creator/writer of Cinemax’s other hit original series Banshee. Should Cinemax order it to series, Tropper would act as executive producer alongside Lin. »
- Adam Chitwood
If you haven't heard of Carlton Cuse, you almost certainly have watched a show or film that he's been crucially involved in. For most viewers, his name is synonymous with J.J. Abrams' Lost, where he served as both a regular writer and producer, and he's recently been one of the major creative forces behind both Bates Motel and A&E's recent English remake of The Returned. Most recently, he penned the script for San Andreas, Brad Peyton's upcoming disaster film which stars Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino, but these projects are hardly the only thing on Cuse's radar right now. Cuse is producing The Strain Season 2, which bows July 12th, but more importantly, he's prepping Colony, a brand new science fiction series for USA. Steve got a chance to sit down with Cuse recently to discuss a number of projects, including San Andreas and his television work, and »
- Chris Cabin
There are plenty of interesting directions a return to the Babylon 5 universe could take. Here are a few suggestions...
I read somewhere that J.M. Straczynski writes every day. That’s not surprising given his extensive body of work for television, motion pictures, novels and comics. He is best known for Babylon 5, of course. I remember what a lot of people used to say about Babylon 5, “How much can happen on a space station?” Well, a lot actually! And after five seasons of the original series, a bunch of made-for-tv movies and a couple of spin-offs, there are still plenty of stories left to tell.
That is why I was excited recently to read that Joe (apparently, he thinks you’re cool if you just call him Joe) was going back to work on Babylon 5. My excitement soon turned to dread when I found out that »
Remember, before Jj Abrams got the job, when it was basically a daily rumour mill as to who was going to direct what we now know as Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Director after director was linked with the job, including the mighty Brad Bird, of The Iron Giant and The Incredibles vintage.
Bird is currently on the promotional trail for his latest film, Tomorrowland, and he's been quizzed about Star Wars as part of that. In Bird's case, it seems he was actually offered the chance to take Star Wars on, but had to turn the job down. There was actually substance to the rumour in this instance.
Chatting to Yahoo, he said that "it absolutely was [a tough decision]" to pass on Star Wars. "But there »
British actor Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) recently opened up to the Radio Times about his thoughts on geek culture. While his somewhat controversial rant about the "dumbing down" of modern cinema may have seized headlines, it was his comments about the upcoming Star Trek sequel that made for a far more interesting read. Earlier this year, Pegg was revealed to be co-writing the sequel to Jj Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, following Roberto Orci's departure from the project. Rumored to be titled Star Trek Beyond, details about the film's plot have so-far been sketchy at best, but Pegg revealed that the higher-ups at Paramount have been pushing for a "more inclusive" tone this time around: "They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y. »
Adam Driver will receive the Shining Star Award at the Maui Film Festival, running June 3-7. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on June 5.
Fest founder and director Barry Rivers described the honoree as “an actor’s actor and chameleon.” Driver, currently working on the fifth season of HBO’s “Girls,” has recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s film “Silence”; upcoming projects include in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The actor is co-founder of the nonprofit organization Aitaf (Arts in the Armed Forces).
- Tim Gray
For many, the chance to direct a Star Wars film wouldn't be something you'd turn down, but unfortunately that's just what Tomorrowland director Brad Bird had to do. Back before J.J. Abrams took the helm of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Brad Bird had been offered the gig but realized that he had to turn it down in order to focus on Tomorrowland. Brad Bird spoke with Yahoo about his choice to turn down what may be the biggest film of the year: It absolutely was [a »
- Kevin Fraser
Simon Pegg won the hearts and minds of nerds long ago, but the Shaun of the Dead actor keeps racking up impressive achievements that keep him at the epicenter of everything geeky in Hollywood. Currently, the actor is co-writing the script for Star Trek 3 (believed to be titled Star Trek Beyond), in which he’ll also reprise the role of Scotty, and trying to strike a balance between the more commercial feel of J.J. Abrams’ big-screen predecessors (2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness) with the more adventurous tone of the original series.
Speaking with Radio Times, Pegg revealed that it hasn’t been easy getting the script right for the threequel. Before he came aboard, Paramount had some odd concerns with Roberto Orci’s treatment for the film (last year, the producer had convinced the studio to let him direct the pic on the condition that »
- Isaac Feldberg
When is a "Star Trek" movie not a "Star Trek" movie? This doesn't seem to be a problem the suits at Paramount are aware of. If J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot pushed the franchise in the modern age while keeping the integrity of the property at its core, 2013's"Star Trek Into Darkness" completely missed the mark, devolving into a bland sci-fi action movie that had Spock uncharacteristically running down bad guys in the film's climax. Similarly, it would seem that as far as the third installment for the reboot goes, the studio is less concerned about doing what's right for the brand than it is attempting to find the formula for massive box office success. Speaking with Radio Times, Simon Pegg, aka Scotty, who has been tasked with co-writing the script for "Star Trek 3," reveals that Paramount had some interesting concerns about the first draft that was submitted before he arrived. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Star Wars: Lawrence Kasdan, who most recently co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens with J.J. Abrams, says, "Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian [the character played by Billy Dee Williams] in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Kasdan, who also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back -- he's pictured above with director Irvin Kershner, producer Gary Kurtz, and George Lucas -- and Return of the Jedi, gave no other hints about the character's possible return. Recently Williams reprised the character on the animated series Star Wars Rebels. [Vanity Fair] Jack Reacher: Edward Zwick is in negotiations to co-write and possibly direct a sequel to Jack Reacher, starring Tom...
- Peter Martin
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