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Christopher McQuarrie Answers Claims Bad Ending Caused 'Mission Impossible 5' to Halt Production

By Cindy Davis | Industry | February 25, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | February 25, 2015 |

Cue the Twilight Zone music, people, we’ve got a real live mystery on our hands — we might need Scooby, or Xenu, or maybe somebody should just be audited. Just so you know, I’ve never been audited, but I’m willing to go through the experience in the name of investigative journalism. You see, earlier this year, Paramount Pictures moved Mission Impossible 5’s release date from Christmas Day to summer — July 31st to be exact. The Hollywood Reporter claimed the film was expected to finish filming early, and the date change was to distance MI5 from Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Spectre. So far, so good, right? Summer is a great time for action films, and even though Ghost Protocol made buckets of money with a December release, there’s no reason to think we won’t all run back for more whatever time of year. On top of that, this is Tom Cruise’s fourth collaboration with director Christopher McQuarrie; coming off the success of Edge of Tomorrow, the pair have proven a successful team.

Fast-foward to a couple days ago, when THR gave another update on the film, alleging trouble with MI5’s ending:

“…production recently shut down for a week or so in London because the film’s ending was deemed unsatisfactory.

Director Christopher McQuarrie was given the extra time to work out a new and improved finale with a writer friend whose identity remains a mystery and who will neither be paid nor credited…one source claims McQuarrie was ‘scrambling’ to come up with an ending that would work, a Paramount insider puts a more positive spin on the break.

‘Chris, Tom and a third person wanted to take a minute to get from what they thought was a good place to a more perfect place,’ says this person, noting that if the studio had been really concerned, it would not have moved up the release date.”

Well now, isn’t that all cloak and dagger-ish? With the film due out in five months, it certainly seems strange for the studio to have moved the release up if there were problems with its ending. And just who are these very specific, yet differing quotes coming from — “scrambling” for a workable ending and “perfecting” one are not the same thing at all. At least one person was irked by the report, and he took to Twitter to refute THR’s claims.

This tweet (via CBM) was deleted:

@jramjee if only that were the case. Filming never wrapped. We took a short break to prep the finale properly.

(@chrismcquarrie) February 21, 2015

Now, let’s talk about the other mystery not yet mentioned — the trailer. Where the fork is the trailer? Heck, even The Force Awakens already has one; shouldn’t we have seen so footage of Tom doing all his own crazy stunts by now? Either one of two things is going on here*:

a) Nicole and Katie are finally getting their revenge by spreading troublesome rumors.

b) Scientology’s pulling a North Korea because Tom refused to use his Hollywood pull to discredit Alex Gibney and Going Clear.

*Ridiculous speculation

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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