The next Mission Impossible movie is reportedly getting a bizarre name change 3 months ago

The next Mission Impossible movie is reportedly getting a bizarre name change

Mission Impossible 8 has also had its release date postponed by nearly a year.

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One was released in cinemas last summer and, despite earning rave reviews, wound up being a bit of a box office disappointment.

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In terms of the figures, the seventh instalment in the Tom Cruise-led action spy movie franchise grossed $567.5 million on a $291 million budget.

While this may sound like a big success, films must generally gross over double the cost of their productions to be considered profitable.

As for the reasons for the movie's lower box office returns - particularly when compared to its predecessor Fallout garnering nearly $792 million in cinemas - one factor was that it was released the same month as smash hits Barbie and Oppenheimer, as well as the sleeper hit Sound of Freedom.

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The next Mission Impossible movie is reportedly getting a bizarre name change

Plus, the budget for Dead Reckoning Part One was significantly higher than any of the previous entries in the franchise - perhaps due to impacts of Covid-19 on its production, as well as the movie's bigger set-pieces and stunts.

As one would probably expect from its title, Dead Reckoning Part One was planned as being the first film in a two-part saga and as such, ended on a cliffhanger.

In fact, Part One and its follow-up were initially set to be shot back-to-back, before filming on the second part was hit by delays - most recently due to the ongoing Hollywood actors' strike.

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And in further bad news for fans of the franchise, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has stated that the next Mission: Impossible sequel has had its release date postponed by over a year from 28 June 2024 to 23 May 2025.

While this was to be expected, what is strange is that THR has also reported that the follow-up appears to no longer bear the subtitle Dead Reckoning Part Two - perhaps as a way to put some distance between the sequel and the box office disappointment of its predecessor.

Still, it will be odd having a film named Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, without having another titled Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two.

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In terms of other delays, The Hollywood Reporter has also said that A Quiet Place: Day One - a prequel in the post-apocalyptic horror franchise - has had its release date switched from 8 March 2024 to 28 June 2024 - the date the now untitled next Mission: Impossible movie was originally set to come out.

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