Director Christopher McQuarrie has reassured fans that the filming of “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two” is well underway, alleviating concerns about a potential release date delay. Although the latest installment in the franchise is set to hit theaters soon, work has already begun on its sequel, slated for release in June of next year. However, the ongoing writers’ strike and a possible actors’ strike have raised doubts about the scheduled release date.
Addressing these concerns, McQuarrie recently spoke to Collider and provided an update on the progress of the movie. According to the filmmaker, a significant portion of the sequel has already been shot and is in the can. This news comes after reports last month claimed that production on the upcoming sequel had been halted due to the writers’ strike. However, those reports were debunked, clarifying that filming for “Mission: Impossible 8” was merely on pause while the cast and director embarked on a global press tour for “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.” Filming is expected to resume later this summer, with McQuarrie’s latest statement confirming the existence of one major set piece and an additional action sequence.
In a previous statement, McQuarrie mentioned that the ending for “Mission: Impossible 8” had not been finalized yet, but it is unclear if this is still the case. The uncertainty surrounding the film’s development is a result of the ongoing writers’ strike, which has created a somewhat ambiguous situation for the production. Unlike most movies that would adapt the script on the fly, the Mission: Impossible franchise typically operates without traditional scripts, as actress Rebecca Ferguson recently revealed.
While the writers’ strike may not impact the production schedule for “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two,” a potential SAG-AFTRA strike could have a significant impact. The occurrence and duration of such a strike remain uncertain, but if it were to happen, the film’s key actors would be prohibited from working. In the event of an extended strike, the release date for “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two” could be pushed back.
Overall, despite the challenges posed by the ongoing strikes, the director’s update on the progress of “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two” provides some reassurance to fans eagerly anticipating the next installment of the action-packed franchise.