As of this year, the "Mission Impossible" series has been 22 years old.
The first part of this series was released in 1996. From Tom's prosperous and prosperous to now becoming a handsome uncle, it spanned the most popular 20 years of Tom's second half, and spanned our childhood and youth. .
In fact, this series can last for 20 years, and there are many bitter stories.
Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible"
Adapted from the TV series of the same name in the 70s
Back in time to 1996, the United States is experiencing the most turbulent decade in the international situation.
The end of the Cold War, the world camp began to be re-divided, the situation between countries is quite delicate, and there are instability factors everywhere. Countries originally sent spies to each other. In the delicate situation in the 1990s, espionage activities became more frequent.
In 1996, Paramount Pictures, one of Hollywood's "Big Six", produced the movie "Mission Impossible". This was the first time Tom Cruise appeared in a major production as a producer and starring role.
He hired the famous director Brian de Palma to adapt a TV series into a movie. "Mission Impossible" is an adaptation of the TV series of the same name produced by the American CBS television station in the 1960s and 1970s. The original TV series was influenced by the birth time and has a strong Cold War era color. After being adapted into a movie, it has given a lot of new content.
In addition to the more thrilling scenes, the dazzling and beautiful high-tech products in the hands of the agents also brought a brand new visual experience. Since then, "dazzling" has become the core keyword of this series, laying the foundation for the entire series of movies.
According to the director, during the entire production process, the director and the producer are equal, forming a harmonious creative relationship. This is also the reason why the film can be successful.
Wu Yusen's "Violence Aesthetics" and "Brother Complex"
The second film of the film was born in 2000. Those years were the fastest growing years for international terrorist organizations. One year after the movie was released, the "911 incident" that shocked the world made "counter-terrorism" officially put on the work schedule of the US government.
Wu Yusen and Brother Tom
The second film also officially uses "counter-terrorism" as its theme. This time, the "Mission Impossible" series of films actually ran ahead of the US government.
The director of the second part, Wu Yusen, is from Hong Kong, China. This is a director known for his "violent aesthetics". His early works in Hong Kong, such as "The True Colors of Heroes 1, 2" and "Blooding Two Heroes", laid the foundation for Wu Yusen's unique "violent aesthetics" with his fist to the flesh and knife to blood.
His joining brought the film into a completely different visual space. The agents under Wu Yusen's guidance are not only well-equipped and resourceful, but also highly skilled in martial arts.
In the first trilogy, Atango "beaten" the most in the second.
In the end, it turns out that Brother Tom's fight was not in vain.
With a global box office of 540 million U.S. dollars, the film topped the box office chart that year. The image of Tom's free-hand rock climbing gradually replaced the previous handsome image and began to be completely reborn.
David Fincher almost directed the third part
Seeing David Fincher's unique aesthetic style in "Fight Club", Paramount made a major decision-to ask David Fincher to direct "Mission Impossible 3".
At the time, this decision was exciting. At that time, David Fincher had just revealed his talents in Hollywood, and it was the pinnacle of his prestigious life. Let him guide "Mission Impossible 3", which is a very suitable choice from a commercial point of view.
David Fincher said that he admired Paramount's idea of "Mission Impossible 3" as "cool" and "violent." Unfortunately, we did not see this "cool" or "violent" movie.
A year later, David Fincher was still "Say Goodbye". The movie was scheduled to be released in 2004, so it was shelved.
As for why he left, what David Fincher said before can give us some clues-"You can never guarantee that the movie is what you want."
Later, he euphemistically explained the reason for leaving. "I think the reason is that only investors know what kind of movie they want. When you are the director of a movie, you can't get rid of all kinds of opinions from them. I will not shoot according to their intentions. film."
It can be seen that David Fincher left because of a creative disagreement with the producer. In Hollywood, even the biggest directors rarely have the opportunity to shoot movies independently without any interference.
Change director again
Subsequently, director Joe Canahan entered Paramount's vision.
In his vision, "Mission Impossible 3" should be a spy war blockbuster full of the "punk rock" style of the 70s, and the budget for the entire film is US$50 million.
But this is not what Paramount wanted. After the success of major investment films such as "Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings", Paramount clearly wanted a larger-scale film.
The upper-level ideas were resisted by the director. He has always been very opposed to this trend of "following the trend and making blockbuster films", but he still wrote the first two editions of the movie with Robert Town, who was brought by the producer.
Subsequently, Kenneth Branagh, Kelly-Anne Moss, Scarlett Johansson joined the film one after another. Immediately afterwards, due to too many creative differences, Kanahan was kicked out of the team by Paramount, JJ Abrams joined them, and later he also directed "Star Trek 2" and "Star Wars 7."
After Abrams joined, he began to revise the new script. The film that was supposed to be released in 2004 was delayed until 2005 after the original release date due to frequent director changes and script revisions. Therefore, Johnson and Moss had to withdraw from the crew, and Branagh subsequently withdrew from filming.
Afterwards, Philip Hoffman, Michel Monaghan and Lawrence Fishburne joined one after another, and the film was able to start smoothly.
However, due to the repeated delays in the release time, the audience has lost confidence in "Mission Impossible 3", and the box office will naturally be affected.
Even though the film received rave reviews, the global box office was finally fixed at $397 million, which was $150 million less than the previous one.
Six years later, the "Mission Impossible" series restarted again, and "Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol" made a comeback.
In the film, Tom went to Dubai to climb the world's tallest Burj Khalifa, and audiences around the world screamed for it. The final gross box office of the film was US$690 million, making it the highest box office in the entire series.
Since then, the 2015 "Mission Impossible 5: Mysterious Nation" box office has been comparable.
Now "Mission Impossible 6: Total Disintegration" is finally released, no matter what the "Mission Impossible" series is still the most anticipated spy war theme movie.
Just like its literal English translation name "Impossible Mission", "Mission: Impossible" and Agent Ethan will continue to turn the impossible into possible, completing challenges again and again.
(The picture in the text comes from the Internet)