The news that Mission: Impossible fans have been waiting for is here – thankfully it is not delivered via a pair of exploding sunglasses. The next instalment in Ethan Hunt’s spy saga has a title, and it’s officially called Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Breaking the two-word naming tradition of recent entries (Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation), the latest Mission reteams
with director Christopher McQuarrie. It’s the first film in the long-running franchise to see a director return.
In keeping with the series’ ever-increasing scale in its signature set pieces, Cruise has promised his Instagram followers that they’ve “upped the ante” yet again – yes, somehow it’s going to get even crazier than Cruise strapped to the side of a plane as it takes off. A shot of Hunt clinging on to the side of a helicopter gives a glimpse of what to expect when Fallout hits the cinema this summer.
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) February 5, 2018
Christopher McQuarrie while giving account of what lead to the naming of the spy franchise movie over the phone, said the tittle was birthed out of the combined suggestions and a final rethink about not going with the two words name code.
“The title has multiple meanings in the film, from the literal to the figurative,” explains McQuarrie. “There is the threat of nuclear terrorism hanging over the movie, which is the literal threat.”
And the figurative? “There’s the notion that what’s happened in the movie is the end result of choices that Ethan Hunt has made in his life. It’s Ethan’s past come back to haunt him. It’s the fallout of all his good intentions.”
To see how that is manifested, we won’t have to wait long for our first glimpse at the movie, and Henry Cavill’s much-ballyhooed ‘tache, with the first trailer just around the corner. For now, though, we’re focused purely on that title.
Where did it come from?
Was this something McQuarrie had kept in his mind from day one, or was it a late sudden, like Rogue Nation? “We didn’t have a title from the beginning,” admits McQuarrie. “We didn’t think in those terms.”
When it came time to think of a title, the director laughs that someone on the production team found a Mission: Impossible title generator, which mixed and matched two random sounding spy words. “We immediately created all the silliest titles we could.” But rather than going down the generic route of Mission: Impossible — Dangerous Interrogation or Mission: Impossible — Thunder Dossier, McQuarrie realised it was time to break from a (relatively recent) tradition of two-word subtitles.
“The one thing that came out of it was I thought it should be a one-word title,” he says. “This is a different kind of movie, it should be expressing a different attitude. It should be striking its own ground, and that’s what I felt Fallout did.” Not to mention, Mission: Impossible — The Last Jedi was not an option. “We were a week late,” he sighs. “We were ready to register the title and they got in there first. That was really a bummer.”
Mission: Impossible — Fallout is out on 26 July.