Director Christopher McQuarrie Has Discussed MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Spinoff Films with the Studio
Mission: Impossible - Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie has some ideas for expending with spinoff films. Now, I love the Mission: Impossible franchise that Tom Cruise has built over the years. I love the Ethan Hunt character and the stories that have been told about him and I want to see more stories told! But, spinoff films that focus on other characters? I’m not so sure about that.
During a Q&A after an IMAX screening of Fallout McQuarrie revealed that there’s been talk of developing spinoff films for the Mission: Impossible franchise at the studio and he’s been coming up with some ideas:
“It’s this … the spinoff, when we talked about it was like, what would the movie be? We’ve talked about many Mission spinoffs. Mission is so much about the exploits of this character. What would the spinoffs then be shaped like? Would they still be Mission: Impossible movies? So much of what defines Mission is the fact that Tom Cruise is doing all of these crazy things.”
He’s gone as far as to talk to Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Isla Faust in the franchise, about building a spinoff around her character:
“Rebecca and I were talking about it, and I said, ‘I’ve got a better idea. You’re Rebecca, like let’s give you your identity,’ and I’m developing stuff with Rebecca to be Rebecca. And that’s what I would like to see. I feel like if you make an Ilsa spinoff, it would always be like, ‘When’s Ethan gonna make his cameo?’ And the thing that’s not to be underestimated about the role of Ilsa Faust, is that she is played by Rebecca Ferguson, who is a star. And it is a star that a lot of people haven’t figured out, haven’t woken up to that fact. And I’m kind of at her service.”
I really do like Ferguson’s Mission: Impossible character, but she doesn’t really hold the same kind of weight as Ethan Hunt does. I’m sure there are several interesting stories to tell, and if McQuarrie ended up making a spinoff film focusing on her I’d totally watch it! The question is could Mission: Impossible spinoff films be just as lucrative as the ones that focus on Ethan Hunt?