Paramount today unleashed a new trailer for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, the fourth chapter in the blockbuster action saga. We got a chance to check out some IMAX footage from the film last week. Check out the trailer below, and read on for our recap of the IMAX preview:
"So that’s why they’re releasing it early in IMAX."
Such was the consensus reaction last week after Paramount screened footage from its upcoming big-budget action sequel, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, for a group of local journalists at the Rave 18 IMAX in Los Angeles. The studio had surprised many in Hollywood when it announced in September that it would be releasing the Tom Cruise tentpole five days early in IMAX theaters, but shortly after the presentation began, the logic behind the decision became abundantly clear: Director Brad Bird has fashioned this film to be seen on as large a screen as possible.
Paramount screened two scenes, the first of which was the clear highlight. It takes place shortly after the IMF has been shuttered by the president after some sort of cataclysmic event. Superspy Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF refugees, played by Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton, are en route to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa -- the tallest building in the world – where, we are told, two very bad people are scheduled to meet. With limited resources and time running short, they hastily concoct a scheme to prevent the meeting that, naturally, calls for the most hazardous and complicated approach possible. Using a pair of high-tech adhesive gloves, Hunt attempts to scale the side of the building to access a room above him, but things go awry and he’s forced to improvise.
This scene has already been teased in M:I 4 trailers and this featurette, but it is staggeringly cool when glimpsed on the large-format canvas. Most impressive to my eyes was the establishing shot of the building, a sweeping aerial dazzler in which the camera soars up to and then over the towering edifice, slowing down at the top and peering directly down at it. The moment, in which we are essentially suspended 2,700 feet in the air, is positively knee-knocking.
Also evident in the scene is the sense of humor of Bird, who made it a priority to bring a degree of levity to Ghost Protocol. The interplay between the characters crackles with a wit not seen in previous Mission: Impossible films, but without feeling forced or tonally inappropriate. Renner’s character, at least in this footage, seems positioned to be the comedic whipping boy.
The second clip depicted a chase scene that begins with a low-angle shot of Hunt running from a building in pursuit of a fleeing bad guy as a massive sandstorm approaches. Seen on an IMAX screen, Cruise’s trademark stride becomes almost freakishly intense. As the blinding snowstorm sets upon them, the two careen through the streets of Dubai, first on foot and then in BMWs, the diminished visibility adding another layer of suspense to the chase.
All told, Bird shot nearly 30 minutes of footage for Ghost Protocol using IMAX cameras, and if what I saw is any indication of what to expect when the film opens in IMAX on December 16, it should easily become the format’s most successful release to date.
The web is abuzz over the sudden surfacing of a full-length trailer for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment of the blockbuster espionage saga, directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), produced by J.J. Abrams, and starring Tom Cruise. Behold the return of Ethan Hunt:
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol also stars Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Ving Rhames. It is slated for a December 2012 release.
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Simon Pegg emotes on the set of director Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible 4, currently in production in Europe.
Tom Cruise double feature: muscled and mustachioed.
Oh, hello Paula Patton!
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Mission: Impossible IV (M:I IV for short, ‘meev’ for shorter) cashed in on a lot of frequent flier miles when bringing in the baddies for the film. Seems that they didn’t get the memo about how the more bad guys that appear in a sequel, the worse the movie is.
We already knew that Swede Michael Nyqvist (that’s Mr. Nyq.. Ni-quest? Nee-quest? Nu-quest? Ah forget it) of The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo fame would be one villiain. However, reports have come in that Frenchie Lea Seydoux (that’s Miss Say-do... Sigh-do? Sigh-dough? Man this is hard) and Indian Anil Kapoor (Got this one!) will be causing trouble for Ethan Hunt.
Kapoor is best known for his pronunciation of 'millionaire' while screaming it in Slumdog Millionaire. Seydoux was most recently in Robin Hood but since you and I both know you didn’t see that movie, she was in the opening scene (if you can call something that lasts for 20 minutes a scene) of Inglourious Basterds.
And here’s my problem with this movie. It has a ton of talent in it like regulars Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames and new recruits Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Josh Holloway. Brad Bird is directing and as mentioned above some incredible foreign talent has signed up for the antagonists, but it will probably feature more of Tom Cruise showing off how well he looks shirtless than it does showcasing the abilities of its supporting cast. Hopefully I'm wrong and this will be the most well-rounded Mission yet.
Source: Deadline and Hollywood Reporter
In his first major (and confirmed) career move since wrapping six years of Island adventures on ABC's Lost, Josh Holloway, who infamously played James "Sawyer" Ford, has joined the ever-expanding international cast of Paramount Pictures Mission Impossible IV. He joins star Tom Cruise and a strong supporting cast that includes Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Vladimir Mashkov and Michael Nyqvist.
Brad Bird is directing the fourquel, with M:I:III director J.J. Abrams back in action as producer. Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec penned the screenplay for the film. Holloway will play a member of Ethan Hunt's new IMF team. The film will shoot all over the world, in exotic locations like Dubai and Prague, starting this December for a December 16th 2011 release.
For Holloway, the deal heralds a much-deserved sigh of relief. The TV vet has been trying to lock a project since Lost ended, but hasn't had much luck. He was rumored to play Gambit in last summer's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but lost the part to the much younger Taylor Kitsch (his rigorous Lost production schedule kept him from the part). Since then, he's been attached to a reboot of NBC's The Rockford Files that has never gone to pilot. I'd love to see him take over for James Garner as the easy going PI, but Holloway has earned a shot at the big screen, especially after losing out another high profile job (that would be Hawkeye in Paramount's upcoming superhero spectacular The Avengers) to his newly minted M:I:IV co-star Renner!
Nyqvist, who won acclaim for his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist in Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, will battle Cruise in director Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible 4, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cruise last faced-off against Philip Seymour Hoffman in the franchise, for 2006 blockbuster Mission: Impossible III.
Nyqvist joins an all-star cast for the follow-up, including returning stars Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg, and new faces Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Russian actor Vladimir Mashkov.
M:I 4 is scheduled to start shooting in Canada, Dubai and the Czech Republic later this year (10).
Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish actor best known for playing journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the international hit thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is about to make the jump to Hollywood. According to Heat Vision, the 49-year-old actor has been cast as the lead villain in Paramount's upcoming Mission: Impossible 4, opposite Tom Cruise and new addition Jeremy Renner.
According to Swedish tabloid Nojes Bladet, Nyqvist just landed in Prague, where filming is set to begin this week. "I'm having to train kickboxing and such every day," Nyqvist told the paper (via Google Translate). "In the end, Tom Cruise and I have a fight as it will take three to four weeks to film, there will be stunts where we are using ropes and such." Adds Nyqvist, "I like Tom Cruise. He is damn nice."
While Paramount hasn't issued any kind of statement as to who Nyqvist's character will be, certainly a third act showdown between Tom Cruise and the Swede hints at an arch villain-type role of one kind or another.
Former Pixar director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) is set to direct with a script from Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, with a healthy dose of oversight from producer extraordinaire J.J. Abrams. Principal photography begins with Nyqvist, Cruise, Renner, Paula Patton, Vladimir Mashkov, Ving Rhames, and Simon Pegg on location in Vancouver, Prague, and Dubai this month, ahead of a December 2011 release.
Source: Heat Vision
Not sure if you could tell or not, but Vladimir Mashkov is Russian. And he could probably crush you. Then drink a bottle of vodka and throw on a bear fur coat and do that dance with the legs kicking out. Some other Russian stereotype.
Anyway, Mashkov has been cast in Mission Impossible IV. Main players from the first three are returning, so we get another dose of Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, and hopefully Simon Pegg, who is rumored to return as analyst Benji (his deal has yet to close at the time of this writing). New faces that Mashkov joins are Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. And just to throw another name at you Brad Bird will be directing.
At this point does it even matter who is in the movie? They’re pulling in some heavy talent for this film, but really it could all be arbitrary and we would still watch it. Shame on Paramount for attempting to create a film worthy of our hard earned dollars. How dare they attempt to create a story with a well respected director and nuanced actors! At least they brought back Tom Cruise, that’s the only smart move they’ve made so far.
Source: The Wrap
Unwilling to once again give Tom Cruise complete control of Mission: Impossible 4 (as evidence by incorporating Jeremy Renner into the mix), executives have decided to throw Paula Patton into the film as the female lead. A source close to the film says producer J.J. Abrams and director Brad Bird aren’t looking to rely on Patton to help “reboot” the series, but are hoping her role as an up-and-coming agent who tags along with Cruise’s Ethan Hunt will be enough to offset anything Cruise does that’s less than desirable.
In the past, we’ve seen Hunt surround himself with both female acquaintances and lovers, so Patton's relevance to the plot has yet to be known (or even rumored). However, since she’s so good at reminding us that Robin Thicke’s songs are full of lies (because instead of snorting cocaine from inside the closet he’s off being the father to her baby), she’s certain to nail whatever she’s given.
Patton most recently played Queen Latifah's sister in Just Wright, but she was also in Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, where she played Precious' teacher, Ms. Rain. Any role in a Mission: Impossible would most likely catapult her somewhere positive (other than the one she's occupying with Alan Thicke's son, of course).
Deadline.com reports that Robin Thicke's wife will take on the role of a young operative opposite Cruise in the latest blockbuster in the franchise, which will start shooting in Canada, Dubai and the Czech Republic later this year (10).
The film, directed by Brad Bird, is scheduled to hit cinemas at the end of 2011.