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‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Female Lead Goes To Rebecca Ferguson

Mike Fleming

‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Female Lead Goes To Rebecca FergusonSwedish up-and-comer Rebecca Ferguson, who got a Golden Globe nom for her English-language debut in the title role of BBC’s The White Queen, has been set to play the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5 for Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and Bad Robot. This comes after Deadline revealed that Alec Baldwin is in talks to play the head of the CIA in the film, which Chris McQuarrie will direct with shooting to begin in August. This was a coveted role.

Ferguson was raised in Sweden and became established in London. The actress, who next will be seen in the Brett Ratner-directed Hercules, is repped by Charlies Collier at Tavistock Wood and Actors in Scandinavia. I would imagine there might be a Hollywood agency or five courting her after they read this. Cruise, who’ll reprise his role as Ethan Hunt, is producing with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg & Don Granger exec producing the fifth installment of a franchise that has grossed north of $2 billion worldwide. Read More »

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Alec Baldwin Circles ‘M:I-5′; Football Concussions And A Rob Ford-Type Mayor Also In The Offing

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 1:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Alec Baldwin Circles ‘M:I-5′; Football Concussions And A Rob Ford-Type Mayor Also In The OffingEXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin has two killer movie projects lined up, along with a possible TV successor to his Emmy-winning turn in 30 Rock. He’s in talks to star in Mission: Impossible 5, playing the head of the CIA. He’s also in talks to join Will Smith in the Peter Landesman-directed movie about football concussions at Sony Pictures. Here’s the capper, though: Baldwin is developing a new TV show with NBC Productions, in which he would play the central character, a Rob Ford-type Mayor of New York City.

Ford is the buffoonish Toronto, Ontario mayor who has had his troubles with the crack pipe and behaves outlandishly on a fairly regular basis. That should be edgy stuff, since it is being fashioned as a one-hour cable series. Wells Tower is writing the pilot, and Baldwin will exec producer with Cary Brokaw.

Baldwin teamed with James Toback on the hilarious Cannes documentary Seduced And Abandoned. He turned down numerous roles to stay close to home while his wife was pregnant, but is starring in the untitled Warren Beatty project on Howard Hughes (he also starred in Martin Scorsese’s movie about the renowned billionaire recluse), and stars in the upcoming Cameron Crowe-directed untitled film. He has generated headlines for his clashes with paparazzi and recently announced in New York magazine that he was through with public life. I wish he wouldn’t take the bait, but his penchant for rising to the occasion does somehow make that TV series seem pretty promising.

Baldwin is repped by … Read More »

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Film Roundup: Ridley Scott Ponders ‘Martian’, Jessica Chastain Eyeing ‘Mission: Impossible 5′, Peter Sarsgaard & Winona Ryder Eye ‘Experimenter’

By | Tuesday May 13, 2014 @ 5:10pm PDT

chastainFox has been talking to big directors to team with Matt Damon on Martian, and the latest is Ridley Scott. The filmmaker reportedly is eyeing the Gravity-like project about a stranded astronaut, but it would be surprising if he takes this over Prometheus 2. Paul Greengrass was among the directors kicking the tires on this one recently.

Don’t know if she’ll make the deal, but Jessica Chastain is the choice to star alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. Read More »

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‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Gets Christmas 2015 Date

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 5:08pm PST

Paramount will deliver a tentpole sequel to good little boys and girls a couple of Christmases from now. The studio said today that Mission: Impossible 5this one directed by Christopher McQuarrie — will hit megaplexes on December 25, 2015. It’ll go up against Ben Affleck’s Live By Night and DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, which arrives two days earlier. There’s also a little picture known as Star Wars: Episode VII to contend with. Disney announced last week that its juggernaut will bow the weekend before. Tom Cruise is returning for another go-round as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 5, and as producer, a job he’ll share with J.J. Abrams. Drew Pearce is scripting the pic for Paramount and Skydance Productions.

Related: Tom Cruise Getting Gang Back Together For ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

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Chris McQuarrie To Direct ‘Star Blazers’ From ’70s Sci-Fi Anime Series For Skydance

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Skydance Productions has set Christopher McQuarrie to write and direct Star Blazers, the live-action adaptation of the space-set 1970s anime TV series also known as Space Battleship Yamato. McQuarrie, Josh C. Kline, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce, and Shouji Nizhizaki and Paul Schwake will be exec producers.

Skydance had set McQuarrie to write back when it acquired the series in 2011. In the futuristic Star Blazers, Earth’s atmosphere has been obliterated by a distant alien race, and the survivors have one year before radiation will reach their underground refuge and wipe out the human race. The survivors get a shot of hope in the form of alien technology that can deliver a small crew across the universe and back with the means to stave off extinction. The intention is to hatch a franchise from a series that was ahead of its time, coming before Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. It becomes another big-scale film for Skydance — which is coming off World War Z, Star Trek: Into Darkness and G.I. Joe: Retaliation – with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit coming in January. Skydance is working with Paramount and Annapurna on the Terminator reboot, and is developing Geostorm, a global disaster film which Dean Devlin will direct from a script he wrote with Paul Guyot.

McQuarrie is repped by CAA, Key Creatives’ Ken Kamins … Read More »

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TOLDJA: Christopher McQuarrie Confirmed To Helm ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

Paramount and Skydance Productions today confirmed that Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, The Way Of The Gun) will direct the next installment of their Mission: Impossible franchise. McQuarrie Tweeted the message “Mission: Accepted” and will reunite in the pic with his Jack Reacher star Tom Cruise. Deadline’s Mike Fleming first reported that McQuarrie was being eyed to direct the action sequel which will see franchise star Tom Cruise return as super spy Ethan Hunt. “The Mission series is special for its signature directors; Chris McQuarrie keeps this tradition thriving,” said Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman. Drew Pearce is scripting the pic for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions with Cruise and JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot also producing. McQuarrie is repped by CAA.

Related: Paramount Eyes McQuarrie To Helm Next ‘Mission: Impossible’

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SHOCKER: Tom Cruise Exits ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.;’ Warner Bros Recasting For Fall Start

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Cruise has exited as the lead in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the remake of the classic TV series that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros. Cruise was scheduled to star in the film with Armie Hammer, but he has stepped out of the picture to focus on producing and starring in Mission: Impossible 5. Paramount and Skydance are now planning to begin shooting the latest installment of that franchise before year’s end. Warner Bros has a script they like, and a top director who’s expecting to direct U.N.C.L.E. in the fall. The timing proved too difficult and so Cruise stepped out to focus on M:I5.

Warner Bros will now go hard looking for the lead of this movie, which is inspired by the original TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. With gadgets and their wits and charm, they fought the evil forces of Thrush. Hammer, who’ll be seen shortly alongside Johnny Depp in the Gore Verbinski-directed The Lone Ranger, is still firmly in the film.

This is another temporary setback for a potential franchise that Warner Bros has long been high on, going back to when the studio had Steven Soderbergh ready to direct George Clooney in the lead. The actor … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Tom Cruise Getting Gang Back Together For ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

Mike Fleming

Paramount and Skydance have confirmed what I told you yesterday: Tom Cruise is back as star and producer of Mission: Impossible 5. No director or writer yet, officially. Here’s today’s release:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 7, 2013) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions has announced that Tom Cruise has signed-on to star and produce a 5th installment in the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise. The actor will reprise the role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996.

The project is expected to announce a writer and also a director shortly and will be developed by Cruise, Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, who served as producers on previous films in the hit series. Skydance Productions, who served as co-financers and executive producers of the last installment will work closely with the team in the development and production process.

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