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MI:3 Gets a Start Date

Published June 8, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount
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Mission Impossible 3 was initially setting down the same bumpy Paramount rode that ended up giving Watchmen the axe. Just like Watchmen, MI:3 had some serious budget issues [set at somewhere near $150 million] that made Paramount a little more than uncomfortable. Due to repeated delays, people were beginning to wonder if this film was ever going to get the greenlight.

MI:3 Greenlight

I guess removing the Watchmen budget from the papers helped Paramount to relax a bit about a Mission Impossible sequel. However, Paramount decided that they were not willing to move forward with the budget rules laid out for the next sequel. According to Variety, Paramount forced the MI:3 crew to drop certain shooting locations and do some major budget trimming.

Another big issue was Tom Cruise himself, who was asking for a 30% take on the gross of MI:3. First off, wow, that would mean a whole crapload of money for Cruise at the box office. Obviously, Paramount was over this request and asked him to lower that rate as well.

Personally, I couldn't be happier for another Mission Impossible. While a lot of fans complained about MI:2, they do have to do admit that the film was two hours of straight entertainment. I know that there were some awkward scenes such as the slow motion shots placed on Tom Cruise's face and flowing hair, but they were pretty easy to let go with a laugh.

The release date set for MI:3 is May 5, 2006. The shooting will now begin in the middle of July this year.

Stay tuned for updates.

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