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‘Mission: Impossible’ Returning With Back-to-Back Films Directed by Chris McQuarrie

‘Mission: Impossible’ Returning With Back-to-Back Films Directed by Chris McQuarrie
If you took Christopher McQuarrie’s just-posted tweet “Missions: Accepted” to mean that he’s returning to the action franchise, you were correct. Variety reports that the director of last year’s “Fallout” — which, with $790 million in box-office returns, is the franchise’s highest-grossing entry — is helming back-to-back sequels due in 2021 and 2022, respectively. McQuarrie and Tom Cruise will be spending a lot of time together over the next few years, as they’re also collaborating on the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick.”

While the first four “Mission: Impossible” movies each boasted a different director — Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, and Brad Bird, respectively — McQuarrie has emerged as its main creative force. He wrote and directed “Fallout,” co-wrote and directed “Rogue Nation,” and will handle both duties on the two untitled sequels. His contributions to the series have been as popular with critics as they have with audiences, as “Fallout
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Christopher McQuarrie To Write And Direct Next Two ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies

Christopher McQuarrie To Write And Direct Next Two ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies
Christopher McQuarrie has been set to return to Paramount’s Mission: Impossible franchise, recently signing a deal to write and direct the next two films. He confirmed the pact today on Twitter.

The news comes after McQuarrie piloted Mission: Impossible – Fallout to the franchise’s top total box office; the pic toplined by Tom Cruise and the sixth in the Par canon grossed $791.1 million worldwide after its July 2018 release.

According to Variety, which broke the news, the new films will be shot back to back, with release dates coming in summer 2021 and summer 2022. The year before that — specifically, June 26, 2020 — comes another Paramount-Cruise franchise, Top Gun: Maverick.

Missions: Accepted#MissionImpossible

— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) January 14, 2019

McQuarrie and Cruise have paired on several films. The scribe wrote Cruise star vehicles including The Mummy, Valkyrie and Edge of Tomorrow. He wrote and directed Jack Reacher and the last two M:i films, Fallout and Rogue Nation,
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‘Fallout’ Director Christopher McQuarrie to Write, Direct Next 2 ‘Mission: Impossible’ Films

‘Fallout’ Director Christopher McQuarrie to Write, Direct Next 2 ‘Mission: Impossible’ Films
Christopher McQuarrie is returning to Tom Cruise’s death-defying franchise, signing on to write and direct the next two films in the series, according to Paramount Pictures.

Cruise additionally tweeted that the next two “Mission: Impossible” films will arrive in summer of 2021 and summer of 2022.

The films are expected to shoot back-to-back, in an attempt to capitalize on the success of the most recent installment, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” which McQuarrie directed. That film, in which Cruise reprised his role of Ethan Hunt while one-upping the stunts and sets to new heights, brought in $791.1 million worldwide on a reported budget of $178 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

McQuarrie first took the reins of the franchise in 2015 with “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” which pulled in $682.7 million worldwide.

Also Read: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Tops Box Office Again With $35 Million 2nd Weekend

Cruise, who broke his ankle doing stunts on the last film,
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The Mummy director says the Dark Universe movie wasn’t what he wanted it to be

Alex Kurtzman, the director of The Mummy, has admitted that the film wasn’t what he “wanted it to be” and that he is no longer involved in the Dark Universe.

Universal had some pretty grand designs for their Dark Universe, a shared film universe built around their classic monster movie properties. The Mummy was supposed to be a big part of that but the film was less than well received upon release.

What did Alex Kurtzman, the director of The Mummy and one of the producers steering the Dark Universe, think about the picture? Well, the director himself admits that it wasn’t what he had hoped for and that he is not going to be a part of the franchise going forward. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Kurtzman said:

The Mummy wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I’m no longer involved in that and have
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Looking Back at the 5 Most Iconic Horror Films of 1999

Twenty years on, E.J. Moreno looks at the five most iconic horror films of 1999…

The horror genre twenty years ago is a much different beast than it is now. Not regarding quality, as there are good and bad films in any year, but the way the studios handle the genre and how viewers digest the movies. Two of the films featured in this article are in the top grossing films of 1999, where not a single horror film made it into the top ten highest grossing of 2018. Even with numbers like that, horror was in a rough spot with audiences; this is post-Scream where slashers are over, and the genre is barely pumping out original pieces. Now you have arthouse horrors like Suspiria or Hereditary, a new Blumhouse film or three, and the next James Wan ghost film. There’s something fresh for everyone, but sadly 1999 didn’t have a vast selection of offerings.
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The Mummy Director Says The Movie Wasn’t What He Wanted It To Be

Universal had big plans for 2017’s The Mummy. The Tom Cruise vehicle was supposed to launch the studio’s horror-infused answer to Marvel’s the Avengers in the form of the Dark Universe, starring such big names as Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster and Russell Crowe as Mr. Hyde (who debuted in The Mummy). Unfortunately, however, there was just one snag: the film flopped as hard as a mummy tripping over its own wrappings.

Nowadays, director Alex Kurtzman is focusing on his TV work, as he’s shepherding the Star Trek franchise on the small screen. And while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he touched on how The Mummy didn’t turn out the way he expected but said that it did teach him to always go with his own storytelling instincts.

“I’m no longer involved in that and have no idea
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Movie Talk: The Oscars Will Reportedly Have No Host This Year

On today's episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, John Rocha, and Haleigh Foutch discuss the following: Variety is reporting that the Oscars will have no host this year. Variety reports that ousted Pixar Chief John Lasseter has been hired as the head of Skydance Animation. In a new interview with THR, Alex Kurtzman talks about his “painful” experience on The Mummy and confirms that he’s no longer involved in Universal's Dark Universe. THR reports that Stellan Skarsgard is set to play the villain in Legendary's Dune with Dave Bautista also cast to play his sadistic …
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Dark Universe Architect Alex Kurtzman Says Making ‘The Mummy’ Was Just As Painful As Watching It

Dark Universe Architect Alex Kurtzman Says Making ‘The Mummy’ Was Just As Painful As Watching It
Like a freshly-turned vampire immediately stumbling out into the sun, Dark Universe died before it could really get started. Universal had hoped to launch their own cinematic universe based around their classic monsters, but the first entry – The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise – was a complete dud. Afterwards, future Dark Universe projects were put on hold, […]

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Alex Kurtzman Talks “Painful” Failure Of ‘The Mummy’ & Completely Bombing A ‘Batman’ Pitch Meeting

Writer-producer-director Alex Kurtzman has had a bit of a mixed bag career. While he’s been attached to a variety of mega-blockbusters, including the revamped “Star Trek” film franchise and the “Transformers” franchise, none of his work has been particularly…great. There have been high points, but there have also been some serious lows, including “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and the recent film “The Mummy,” in which he wrote and directed.

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Alex Kurtzman Talks “Painful” ‘The Mummy’ Experience; Confirms He’s No Longer Involved in Dark Universe

Ah Dark Universe, we hardly knew ye. Universal Pictures spent years developing a series of reboots of their classic monsters under the direction of Star Trek and Transformers writer/producer Alex Kurtzman and Fast & Furious writer/producer Chris Morgan. The duo oversaw a writers room that developed scripts for movies based on Van Helsing, Wolfman, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and others, and Kurtzman was personally tending to The Mummy, which he would direct as the first Dark Universe movie. When it came time to release The Mummy, Universal even dropped an official fanfare logo for Dark Universe …
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Over Nine Exciting Titles to See Big Screens Throughout 2019

This New Year offers over thirty horror films to salivate over and to pare it down to the essential ten is tough. There's no denying some works are a must, especially adaptations of Stephen King's works, and not all of these comic book to film adaptations are considered essential viewing. This list offers a different take than the usual, and I suggest the following as must-sees, including two from Asia. Mojin: The Worm Valley Jan. 4th (Limited Release) Many adaptations of the Chinese horror-fantasy novel, Ghost Blows Out the Light have been made over the years. Mojin: The Worm Valley is the continuation of a saga. It follows after the last film, Lost Legend where the team is now seeking to break the Ghost Eye curse. The tone of these works is blockbuster action adventure than pure horror. However, the supernatural elements put the execution behind the remake of
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20 Movies That are Turning 20 in 2019

Kat Halstead Jan 4, 2019

1999 was a huge year for movies – check out these turn-of-the-century classics that are celebrating their birthday this year.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Sometimes there’s an exciting year at the Oscars, or there’s a genre flux that means it’s a great time for horror or costume drama or (ahem) superhero movies, but very rarely is there a year that churns out such a slate of incredible, groundbreaking, memorable films as 1999.

In fact, there were so many iconic movies released that year, there wasn’t room on the list for all of them… Sleepy Hollow, Notting Hill, The Insider, Dogma, Go, Cruel Intentions, The Mummy – the list goes on. And it would go on forever if we included them all!

But cast your mind back two decades and celebrate the 20th anniversary of these modern classics that were first released in the
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Now Stream This: ‘Annihilation’, ‘Hereditary’, ‘Leave No Trace’, ‘The Mummy’, ‘The Changeling’ and More

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) Welcome to 2019! It’s time to stream more movies! In the latest edition of Now Stream This, I bring you the chance to stream three of last year’s best films. In addition […]

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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in January 2019

Netflix has confirmed that 27 new original series, movies and specials will be debuting on the streaming service in January, including the red-hot Oscar contender “Incredibles 2.” Among the returning shows are season 3 of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” season 5 of “Grace and Frankie” and the final episodes of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Available January 1

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3 (Netflix original)

Across the Universe


Black Hawk Down

City of God

Comedians of the World (Netflix original)

Definitely, Maybe


Happy Feet

Hell or High Water

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Friends from College

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

It Takes Two

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Jersey Boys

Mona Lisa Smile

Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pinky Malinky
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Was 1939 really the best year in movie history?

A clutch of film buffs and staff writers at my favorite newspaper, the Washington Post, devoted considerable time, thought and space to a weekend article challenging 1939’s claim to the title of “Best Movie Year Ever.” Prompted by the number of critics appending “great” to 2018, the Post decided to look back and single out the greatest years in film, and after a brainstorming session, its writers settled on 1939 and six subsequent years — 1946, 1955, 1974, 1982, 1999, and 2007 — and assigned a sponsor to each one.

It was a cute idea and a fool’s errand if anyone’s ever been sent on one. It also produced fun reading, even if 1939 need not worry about its place in film history. There were unique reasons for 1939 (and ‘40 and ‘41) turning out so many enduring movies.

Hollywood had been recently and grudgingly unionized, giving directors in particular more power over their studio assignments. The country was in a dark mood,
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It's A Girl! Rachel Weisz, 48, Gives Birth To First Child With Husband Daniel Craig

Congratulations are in order! Rachel Weisz has given birth to her first child with husband Daniel Craig, Us Weekly confirmed on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 26. The 48-year-old actress welcomed a baby girl with Daniel, 50, whom she married back in June 2011. The couple's new bundle of joy joins Rachel's 12-year-old son, Henry Aronofsky (from a previous relationship with Darren Aronofsky), and Daniel's 26-year-old daughter, Ella Craig (from his first marriage to Fiona Loudon). Rachel and the James Bond star previously announced they were expecting in late April of this year. "I'll be showing soon," she told The New York Times last spring. "Daniel and I are so happy. We're going to have a little human. We can't wait to meet him or her. It's all such a mystery." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) When then asked by the Nyt what it's been like being hitched to Daniel, Rachel candidly replied, "I’m very happy being married,
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DC’s Birds of Prey finds its Huntress and Black Canary

Following on from yesterday’s release date announcement, we now have some major casting news on Warner Bros. and DC Films’ girl gang movie Birds of Prey.

As revealed by Deadline, Warner and director Cathy Yan have found their Huntress in Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Fargo), while Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground) will portray the Black Canary.

Both actresses were part of a recent shortlist, which states that Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror) and Sofia Boutella (The Mummy) were also reading for Huntress and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox) was in contention for Black Canary.

The remaining lead role is that of Renee Montoya, and Justina Machado (Jane the Virgin) and Roberta Colindrez (I Love Dick) are reportedly under consideration for that part.

Margot Robbie is reprising her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn in the film, which will reportedly take place in “a Ghotham that isn’t protected by
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Scorpion King: Book Of Souls Arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand on October 23rd

Get ready for an all-new adrenaline-filled adventure in the next chapter of the beloved fan-favorite franchise, Scorpion King: Book of Souls, arriving on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand on October 23, 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with heart-pumping action sequences and intriguing new characters, the historical fantasy film stars Zach McGowan as the legendary Scorpion King alongside Pearl Thusi as the Nubian Princess, Peter Mensah as the evil warlord and Nathan Jones as the noble guardian. Showcasing stunning visuals, Scorpion King: Book of Souls reaches new levels of adventure that will keep viewers mesmerized from start to finish.

The legendary Scorpion King returns for an epic adventure in the latest action-packed film in the franchise. In ancient Egypt, the evil warlord, Nebserek (Mensah), discovers a cursed sword that makes the one who wields it more powerful with every soul it strikes down.
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Patrick Stewart Teases Writers Room of New Star Trek Series

Joseph Baxter Sep 24, 2018

The TV return of Patrick Stewart to his iconic role of Jean-Luc Picard kicks off with a tweet teasing first the writers room meeting.

CBS All Access’s untitled Star Trek Jean-Luc Picard spinoff series is quickly becoming a reality, as a tweet of the newly-launched writers room from star Patrick Stewart reveals.

Stewart, who made the official announcement of the Star Trek: The Next Generation follow-up series back in August, tweeted a photo of the former-and-soon-to-return Picard actor’s proverbial ready room, joined by a creative coalition consisting of Kirsten Beyer (Star Trek: Discovery), Michael Chabon (Spider-Man 2), Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery), Diandra Pendleton-Thompson (Awakening Love) and James Duff (Major Crimes). Indeed, Stewart’s accompanying caption, “The journey has begun,” is enough to stoke excitement amongst even the most lapsed of Trekkies.

The journey has begun. Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff,
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sofia Boutella and more testing for DC’s Birds of Prey

With Warner Bros. and DC Films looking at a January production start for Birds of Prey, it seems we may soon learn who’ll be joining Margot Robbie in the cast of the Harley Quinn-led girl gang movie.

According to various reports in the trades, Warner Bros. and director Cathy Yan are currently testing a number of actresses to portray the characters of the Huntress, the Black Canary, and Renee Montoya.

According to reports, Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror) and Sofia Boutella (The Mummy) are up for the role of The Huntress, while Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Cloverfield Paradox) and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground) have been reading for Black Canary and Justina Machado (Jane the Virgin) and Roberta Colindrez (I Love Dick) are up for Renee Montoya.

Previous reports have claimed that Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) had been offered the roles
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