MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - DEAD RECKONING Director Christopher McQuarrie Explains PART ONE And PART TWO Titles

There's a lot of excitement for the next two Mission: Impossible movies, and filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie has now revealed why they each share the same title, albeit with Part One and Part Two added.

The pandemic caused some significant delays, but we're now less than a year away from Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One arriving in theaters. Production on the action movie wrapped last September, but cameras are already rolling on the sequel, Dead Reckoning Part Two

Christopher McQuarrie, who helmed Rogue Nation and Fallout, returns to the director's chair, and has now explained why he went with Dead Reckoning for both of the franchise's next chapters. 

"When I came up with the title, I knew it applied more to Part Two than it did to Part One, which is why it eventually settled on being Part One and Part Two," McQuarrie tells Light The Fuse (via ActioNewz.com). "The title for the first movie was nearly a title that referred to something like a Ghost Protocol kind of thing, it was a government policy – It wasn't a government policy, it was a government, what would you call it? A government measure of last resort, with catastrophic consequences."

"By the time we got to the end of Part One, that had distilled down into an entirely different set of circumstances that appear in Part Two and not in Part One," the filmmaker continued. "So, the word would no longer have been appropriate for the title of Part One."

"And yet, Dead Reckoning didn't really apply as well to Part One as well as it did to Part Two until we started to play with the beginning of the movie, and kind of recognize that Dead Reckoning, while it sounded cool, what did it really have to do with the movie?"

"And over the course of our, really starting to dig down into the arc of the character journey for Ethan [Hunt], it took on deeper and deeper meanings as we went," McQuarrie concludes. "And you'll see just how thematic and how it represents, how it's conceptually represented in every character's journey in this film we're in."

It's previously been reported that these movies will bring a close to Tom Cruise's time as Ethan Hunt, so all eyes will be on what looks set to be an epic conclusion to this iteration of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

The actor, clearly still concerned about pandemic-related delays, is said to want production on Part Two to be completed before Part One is released to make the connection between them feel seamless. That makes sense after the past few years, and we know from leaked audio recorded on the set of the first movie that Cruise took COVID protocols very seriously.

Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby are all set to return, though they'll be joined by franchise newcomers Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Rob Delaney, Charles Parnell, Indira Varma, and Mark Gatiss.

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One is set to be released on July 14, 2023, while Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two will follow on June 28, 2024.

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