MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Opens December 25, 2015

     November 13, 2013


Director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) and star Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) have set a dubious task for themselves: to reclaim the box office from Star Wars: Episode VII when their upcoming film Mission: Impossible 5 opens a week later.  Paramount has set a release date of Christmas Day, 2015 for the spy thriller.  Cruise will return to the fifth installment of the series to play Ethan Hunt; Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg are rumored to return but no official announcements have been made.  Scripted by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), Mission: Impossible 5 reunites the director/star team-up of McQuarrie and Cruise from the surprise worldwide hit, Jack Reacher.  Hit the jump for more.

The Wrap was mission-impossible-ghost-protocolfirst to report that M:I5 will be hitting theaters on Christmas Day, 2015.  It was recently reported that Disney’s new Star Wars installment, directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) would be opening on December 18, 2015, giving the McQuarrie-Cruise actioner quite the box office obstacle to overcome.  Then again, it might not be such an impossibility, since Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol also opened in December and went on to make north of $700 million.  Production on the fifth film is scheduled to start in London this coming February.  While there’s no official word on his involvement just yet, Pegg did say he’d like to carve out some room in his schedule to work on the sequel.  With a release date set and a production start looming, check back here for the latest casting and plot news, which should be coming our way within the next few months.  Be sure to let us know what you think M:I5′s chances are of beating Star Wars: Episode VII at the box office during the 2015 holidays.

  • Brenno

    Warcraft, Star Wars… can’t be smart business releasing a movie only a week after those 2 juggernauts

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  • Tommy

    It sounds like they’re trying to make MI:5 bomb at the box office… Who in their right mind puts one of their big-budget films around the much anticipated Star Wars release that fans have wanted since 1983?

    • Jason Richards

      Holiday release dates usually allow most films to make a ton of money regardless of what’s around it. People just flock to the theatre.

    • cineast4

      Contrary to popular belief not everybody in the world loves Star Wars. Audiences and fanbases are definitely not as big for MI series but it might provide exactly the right sort of counter offering to do very well against Star Wars, especially at christmas. Then again it might not and its equally likely that they will change the date yet…

  • Northern Star

    Somewhere right now, Bob Iger is cursing the name of Paramount… “this was our holiday slot you bastards… OURS!!!”

    This is gonna be a face-off and a battle royale par extraordinaire… and Episode VII will win hands down, ‘M:I 5′ may be a blockbuster but ‘Star Wars’ is a cultural phenomenon and a film series beyond mere popularity… Paramount is stupid and foolhardy to go up against the ‘Wars and they’re gonna pay a steep price because of it!

  • http://thedodgy.com/ Liffey

    I hear “Stakeout 3″ is opening one of those weekends too.

  • Sten

    So Star Wars will be delayed then. They surely checked with JJ as he produces M:I 5 as well. Interesting.

  • Jamesy

    Why would they do this? Up against Star Wars just seems like asking for trouble. And isn’t JJ producing MI? Surely they must have had his input, just seems odd. I doubt M:I 5 would fail much at the box office though but it just seems if they moved dates they could make a ton more.

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