According to The Hollywood Reporter, the production of Paramount’s hotly-anticipated Mission: Impossible 5 was shut down for a little over a week in London after the ending was deemed “unsatisfactory.”
Despite the film having its release moved up from Christmas to July 31, its star/producer/franchise caretaker Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie, as well as an uncredited/unpaid writer friend, were given the extra time to come up with a new finale that would “get from what they thought was a good place to a more perfect place.”
The expensive decision to shut down production for a week–which results in cast and crew put into a paid holding pattern while doing no real work–is nothing compared to the catastrophic reshoots on Paramount’s World War Z, where director Marc Forster brought in top-shelf screenwriters Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard to completely reconceive the last act, resulting in a huge amount of scrapped footage and 30 to 40 minutes of new material shot over seven weeks.
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), Mission: Impossible 5 also stars Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Simon McBurney and Rebecca Ferguson, featuring a screenplay by Will Staples and Drew Pearce.
By Max Evry