Fifth Mission: Impossible is coming to IMAX

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]aramount, Skydance Productions, and Bad Robot announced that the fifth installment in the blockbuster Mission: Impossible franchise, directed by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released in IMAX theatres worldwide beginning July 31.

The new sequel is produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams (director of M:I 3 and the brain behind Bad Robot, which produced TV’s Alias, features Cloverfield, Star Trek and M:I – Ghost Protocol) and Bryan Burk. The executive producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance Productions and Jake Myers. Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis (Alexander) & Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine 3D) and Dylan Kussman wrote the screenplay, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.

The newest installment reunites Cruise with stars from 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol including Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Joining the cast is Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris.

“IMAX is so important in giving the audience the best experience of the film we have made. I am very happy to have this partnership on the next Mission,” said Cruise.

“After the innovative way we worked with our longtime partners Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot and Tom Cruise on the record-setting Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, we are beyond thrilled to once again offer audiences The IMAX Experience  of the latest installment of this action-packed franchise,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “This film was literally made for IMAX and summer moviegoing.”

Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, Rob Moore, said, “Audiences the world over proved with the last Mission that The IMAX Experience is not to be missed and so we are all thrilled to again partner with Rich, Greg and everyone at IMAX to bring this next exciting installment to their screens this summer.”

The Mission: Impossible franchise has earned more than $2 billion at the box office, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

The project also reunites Cruise and McQuarrie, who wrote and directed Jack Reacher, starring Cruise as the title character. A sequel for Reacher is likewise in the works from Paramount and Skydance.