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.

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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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