The Mission: Impossible series is one of the most energetic and iconic spy thrillers of the modern film industry. the more times we watch the original trilogy the more interested we get in the life of Ethan Hunt. He is a spy like any other and the risks he takes along with his moral compass help orient the movies in the right direction. This is the reason why fans are still excited for the next installments in the series even after 6 movies. Mission Impossible 7 is delayed once again along with MI 8, but here is why that is a good thing.
Originally Mission: Impossible 7 was supposed to release in 2021 and Mission: Impossible 8 was supposed to release in 2022 but the ‘grand scale’ of both movies is clashing with the pandemic. As a result, the studio has had to delay the movies’ release date several times. The fans are not very happy about this but there is a possibility that the delay could be better for the franchise as a whole. This latest delay comes to us through a public statement by Paramount Pictures. We have reproduced their statement down below.
The studio had this to say:
“After thoughtful consideration, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have decided to postpone the release dates for Mission: Impossible 7 & 8 in response to delays due to the ongoing pandemic. The new release dates will be July 14, 2023, and June 28, 2024, respectively. We look forward to providing moviegoers with an unparalleled theatrical experience.”
Although they are trying to reassure us, the fans are not convinced. We have been waiting for the movies for a long time and this is not good news, but it can be.
Mission Impossible 7 Delayed Again
You see, spy movies of this scale usually take place in different countries and blur the line between nations. The entire appeal of the super spy genre is exotic locations and deadly stunts. Now that can be the protagonist stepping out of a Porsche in Moscow or fighting his way into a remote fortress/castle, preferably with a cliff face that can be easily scaled. The idea behind these movies is to act as a power trip for anyone who watches them.
That analysis might be reductionist to a degree but it is the driving force of the genre. The unavailability of exotic locations and cliff faces is the reason that both movies have been delayed. They may have an inter-related and deep storyline but all that will not mean much if they don’t have a place to shoot it. Hence, the fact that the release date has been delayed further is a very good thing. This will give the production team plenty of time in finding good locations, which would translate into a better experience for the fans.
An argument can be made that both these movies could be shot on a shorter timeline to accommodate the fans. But if we have learned anything in recent years, it’s that the creative process should never be hindered, lest the fans will ask for directorial edits of these movies. Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 land in the same category. There is also the fact that Paramount wants to keep both movies available for the summer release window when movies tend to perform the best.
So if Paramount has decided to give Mission Impossible 7 & 8 the summer release date, it would mean they have a lot of faith in the movie and expect it to do better than the rest of their production pipeline. I mean, we cannot blame them. Mission Impossible is a big release and it would a very profitable venture for everyone involved. Still, it would be more prudent to see how the movie actually performs rather than just speculate.
Do you think this would be a good idea? The fact that Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 are delayed seems like a very bad thing for the fans but it actually the direct opposite. But it doesn’t matter what we think. The real question is what do you think about the analysis? Let us know down in the comments below.