Mission: Impossible (film series)
Blu-ray box set of the first three films
|Directed by||Brian De Palma (1)
John Woo (2)
J.J. Abrams (3)
Brad Bird (4)
Christopher McQuarrie (5)
|Produced by||Tom Cruise (1–5)
Paula Wagner (1–3)
J. J. Abrams (4-5)
Bryan Burk (4-5)
|Screenplay by||David Koepp (1)
Robert Towne (1–2)
Alex Kurtzman (3)
Roberto Orci (3)
J. J. Abrams (3)
André Nemec (4)
Josh Appelbaum (4)
Drew Pearce (5)
Will Staples (5)
|Story by||David Koepp (1)
Steven Zaillian (1)
Ronald D. Moore (2)
Brannon Braga (2)
|Based on||Mission: Impossible
by Bruce Geller
|Music by||Danny Elfman (1)
Hans Zimmer (2)
Michael Giacchino (3–4)
|Cinematography||Stephen H. Burum (1)
Jeffrey L. Kimball (2)
Dan Mindel (3)
Robert Elswit (4-5)
|Edited by||Paul Hirsch (1, 4)
Steven Kemper (2)
Christian Wagner (2)
Maryann Brandon (3)
Mary Jo Markey (3)
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||1996 – present|
The Mission: Impossible films are a series of action spy films based on the television series of the same name, produced by and starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The series is the 16th highest grossing film series of all time with over $2 billion worth of worldwide gross.
Released in 1996. Ethan Hunt is framed for not only the murder of his fellow IMF agents during a Prague Embassy mission gone wrong, but is also wrongly accused of selling government secrets to a mysterious international criminal known only as "Max".
Mission: Impossible II
Released in 2000. Ethan Hunt sends Nyah Nordoff-Hall undercover to stop an ex-IMF agent's mad scheme to steal a deadly virus and sell the antidote to the highest bidder.
Mission: Impossible III
Released in 2006. Ethan Hunt, retired from being an IMF team leader and engaged to be married, assembles a team to face a ruthless arms and information broker intending to sell a mysterious dangerous object known as "The Rabbit's Foot".
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Released in 2011. Ethan Hunt, as well as the entire IMF are placed with the blame of the bombing of the Kremlin. He and three others must stop a man bent on starting a global nuclear war.
A fifth Mission: Impossible will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pearce will be writing the film. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have signed a deal with Tom Cruise to reprise the role of Ethan Hunt and produce. Jeremy Renner is reported to return as William Brandt. On November 13, 2013, a release date of December 2015 was announced. In November 2013, Simon Pegg confirmed that he will reprise his role as Benji. In May 2014, Will Staples was announced as working on the script for the fifth film. Cruise confirmed the fifth installment of the film will shoot in London. In June, Renner confirmed he'll return for the fifth installment. The film will be shot in Vienna in August before heading to the UK.
|Mission: Impossible||Brian De Palma||Tom Cruise
|Danny Elfman||Paul Hirsch||Stephen H. Burum|
|Mission: Impossible II||John Woo||screenplay:
Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
|Hans Zimmer||Steven Kemper
|Jeffrey L. Kimball|
|Mission: Impossible III||J.J. Abrams||Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & J.J. Abrams||Michael Giacchino||Maryann Brandon
Mary Jo Markey
|Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol||Brad Bird||Tom Cruise
|Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec||Paul Hirsch||Robert Elswit|
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Budget||Reference|
|North America||Outside North America||Worldwide||All time North America||All time worldwide|
|Mission: Impossible||May 22, 1996||$180,981,856||$276,714,503||$457,696,359||#152
|Mission: Impossible II||May 24, 2000||$215,409,889||$330,978,216||$546,388,105||#102
|Mission: Impossible III||May 5, 2006||$134,029,801||$263,820,211||$397,850,012||#294||#153||$150 million|||
|Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||December 16, 2011 (Limited)
December 21, 2011
|Mission: Impossible||61% (49 reviews)||60 (16 reviews)|
|Mission: Impossible II||57% (141 reviews)||60 (33 reviews)|
|Mission: Impossible III||70% (218 reviews)||66 (38 reviews)|
|Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||93% (227 reviews)||73 (38 reviews)|
Some fans of the TV series were upset that Jim Phelps, team leader in the series, became a traitor in the first movie, selling the details of government agents to an arms dealer. Actor Greg Morris, who portrayed Barney Collier in the original television series, was so disgusted with the film's treatment of the Phelps character that he walked out of the theater before the film ended. Martin Landau, who portrayed Rollin Hand in the original series, was equally negative concerning the films. In an MTV interview in October 2009, Landau stated: "When they were working on an early incarnation of the first one – not the script they ultimately did – they wanted the entire team to be destroyed, done away with one at a time, and I was against that", he said. "It was basically an action-adventure movie and not 'Mission.' 'Mission' was a mind game. The ideal mission was getting in and getting out without anyone ever knowing we were there. So the whole texture changed. Why volunteer to essentially have our characters commit suicide? I passed on it. The script wasn't that good either."
Change to theme song
The television version is in a rarely used 5/4 (5 beats to a measure) time and is difficult to dance to, as was proven by a memorable segment of American Bandstand in which teenage dancers were caught off-guard by Dick Clark's playing of the Lalo Schifrin single release.
The opening theme music for the first three films are stylized renditions of Lalo Schifrin's original iconic theme, preserving the 5/4 rhythm, by Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and Michael Giacchino respectively by the films' chronology. Most of the versions included in the score also retained the 5/4 time signature.
However, for Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen, Jr.'s remix featured on the first film's motion picture soundtrack, the time signature was changed to standard pop 4/4 (4 beats to a measure) time to make it more dance-friendly, although the intro is still in 5/4 time. Also, the Limp Bizkit song "Take a Look Around" from the soundtrack to the second film was set to a similar 4/4 modification of the theme, with an interlude in 5/4.
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