While “Dead Reckoning” is visible on CANAL+ and W9 is broadcasting “Fallout” this Monday, January 15, what about “Mission: Impossible 8”? When should the next episode of the saga led by Tom Cruise be released?

In 1996, the Mission: Impossible saga will celebrate its 30th anniversary. And, like its main actor, it does not seem to be running out of steam, despite a seventh episode which did not work as well as hoped at the global box office, in the heart of a summer of 2023 marked by the supremacy of Barbie and Oppenheimer.

But an eighth film is still planned, and it will be a direct sequel to the previous one, visible on CANAL+ since January 12. And since W9 is rebroadcasting Fallout this Monday the 15th, it's an opportunity to take stock of the upcoming film. And to be a little patient.

Why a story in two parts?

In an ideal world, one where Covid would not have shut down Hollywood for several months before tiptoeing back into gear, Mission Impossible 7 and 8 were to be filmed in quick succession. Like the Back to the Future and Matrix sequels.

If Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie had to review their filming plans, the initial ambition remains the same. And it was confirmed by the title of episode 7, revealed at the same time as the first trailer: Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Partie 1.

Why are we fighting like this? Why are we trying to concentrate all of this into two hours? Let's cut the story in the middle and make two films

“I knew I wanted to expand the cast and give each of these characters more to do, so I knew the film would be bigger and longer than Fallouttold the director and co-writer to Collider. “At one point, I said to myself, 'Why are we fighting like this? Why are we trying to concentrate all of this into two hours? Let's cut it [l’histoire] in the middle of it and make two films.”

“That's really the reason why I wanted to have a two-part film. It's not only because the story was bigger but also because we wanted more emotion in it.”

Release date: when does Mission Impossible 8 come out? Where can we see it?

Exit on June 26, 2024 in France: the film will now be released on May 21, 2025. No surprise? During the world premiere of 7 in Rome, the scene of one of his bravura pieces, Tom Cruise announced that only 40% of the feature film had been released before the writers' strike forced them to cancel. 'Stop.

Christopher McQuarrie then added that the big action scenes were not part of what was filmed. And the actors' strike was added to that of the writers, making the return to the set a little further away. Postponing the release was therefore only a matter of time.

Since filming did not resume in mid-October, it was not just the mission of Ethan Hunt and his team that became impossible. One thing is certain: no matter the date, the film will be visible in cinemas, of which Tom Cruise is more than ever one of the fervent defenders. In a niche that had brought luck to Top Gun: Maverick, which in 2022 became the star's only billionaire opus at the box office.

Cast: Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell… Who plays in Mission Impossible 8?

WARNING – The segment below contains plot spoilers for “Mission Impossible 7.” Please move on if you haven't seen the film yet.

A Mission Impossible without Tom Cruise being unthinkable, the star will be back in the guise of Ethan Hunt. For the eighth time in just under thirty years. And with a new handful of crazy stunts, including the one he teased on video.

The only actor, besides himself, to have participated in all the episodes, Ving Rhames is also back. Just like Simon Pegg, faithful accomplice since his appearance in episode 3. And Rebecca Ferguson, free electron who completes the quartet since Rogue Nation?

Ilsa having died in Dead Reckoning, only a flashback could bring her back to life. And, due to the lack of official casting, great vagueness reigns over her presence as over that of Pom Klementieff: Paris, the killer she plays, seemed still alive at the end of the film released on July 12. But Simon Pegg suggested that she would still have to be counted on.

As for the ghosts, Esai Morales will continue to torment Tom Cruise in the role of the evil Gabriel. The agent duo played by Shea Whigam and Greg Tarzan Davis should still be around, as should Henry Czerny, aka the troubled Eugene Kittridge. And Ethan will once again be able to count on Grace, played by Hayley Atwell

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When you see what your next mission has in store for you…

Let's also not forget Alana Mitsopolis (Vanessa Kirby), who always has her place in the plot. Marie (Mariela Garriga), seen so far in flashbacks and whom we will see again to learn more about Ethan's past. Or, to everyone's surprise, William Donloe (Rolf Saxon).

Involved despite himself in the heist of the CIA HQ in the heart of the first opus, thanks to a vomit mixed with his coffee, the character will be back. In Alaska, where will Kittridge be transferred tomorrow after this failure? The photo revealed by Christopher McQuarrie to announce his return suggests as much.

Just like this shot, in the snow, by Lucy Tulugarjuk, one of the new faces in this opus. With Janet McTeer, Hannah Waddingham (who will be on an aircraft carrier where Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie filmed), Nick Offerman and Holt McCallany, who will play the Secretary of Defense.

The story: what will Mission Impossible 8 be about?

This is always the great mystery that surrounds each episode. Who knew the nature of the threat Tom Cruise would face in Fallout before seeing the film? Or that the star would be confronted with artificial intelligence, symbol of his defense of the cinema against the platforms and their algorithms, in Dead Reckoning?

The same goes for its sequel, notably because these films are rewritten during filming. But except for one detail: its status as the second half of the story. The viewer does not start from scratch and, now that the question of the key seems to have been resolved, the film should revolve around the quest for what it opens: the source code of the Entity, buried with the submarine which transported.

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Who is Gabriel really?

The plot could thus be tighter, even if the saga likes to take us to the four corners of the world. And, here, in the past. That of Ethan and Gabriel, on which light should be shed. As is often the case, the promotion will focus more on the stunts than on the scenario, and we will have to wait for the release to have the answers to the questions we ask ourselves.

Are we really going to change the title and remove Dead Reckoning, as a rumor accompanying the postponement of the release suggested? Where did Luther go to hide so as not to be spotted by the Entity? Is the submarine in Alaska? What is behind Ethan's past? Will he sacrifice himself for his friends, the final and logical step in his journey in the form of the Stations of the Cross? Are we at the end of the saga?

Mission Impossible 9: will there be a sequel?

For a long time, everything seemed to indicate that Mission Impossible 8 would be the last opus in the adventures of Ethan Hunt. And Christopher McQuarrie had clearly hinted as much. But the director returned to the subject at the time of the release of Dead Reckoning, claiming to already have ideas for other films.

And Tom Cruise announces, for his part, that he wants to follow the model of Harrison Ford on Indiana Jones, and make Mission Impossibles until he is 80 years old. A bluff to better surprise us or a way to make us understand that, for the star, retirement is also impossible?

By Vanniyar Adrian

Vanniyar Adrian is a seasoned journalist with a passion for uncovering stories that resonate with readers worldwide. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to journalistic integrity, Ganesan has contributed to the media landscape for over a decade, covering a diverse range of topics including politics, technology, culture, and human interest stories.