Mission: Impossible has been struggling lately. COVID delays hit the first movie in the two-film finale. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning was then tripped up by its own colossal budget, so even though it scored over half a billion at the box office, its high costs left Paramount staring down the barrel of a $100 million loss.

Then Mission: Impossible 8 (tagline TBC) was delayed by nine months due to the strikes. Now it has been hit by a sinking feeling. A 125-foot-long submarine model and set that apparently cost $25 million to make has jammed on its own gimbal under the weight and will take weeks to repair. This has all but halted filming again.


Naughty submarine… bad!


This will push the budget higher, and that budget has already been rumored to be approaching $400 million according to a report in World of Reel. This final entry in the Mission: Impossible franchise will feature huge set pieces in Africa and the Arctic but the biggest stunt sequence is still to be shot.

If I was betting man, I would wager that Ethan Hunt and his team will somehow become disavowed, and nobody will listen to them about a very real threat… for the 8th time.

The story will pick up where Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning left off, with “The Entity” in the wind and several competing powers racing to take advantage of it, even as it seems to be pulling a few strings itself.

Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Holt McCallany, Nick Offerman, Janet McTeer, Hannah Waddingham, and Lucy Tulugarjuk all co-star in this franchise closer with a current release date of May 2025.

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