The iconic action star Ethan Hunt will be back for a new big screen adventure in the summer of 2018. Paramount Pictures has set a July 27, 2018 release date for Mission: Impossible 6, mirroring the July 31, 2015 release the studio gave its last blockbuster Mission: Impossible movie, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. As of now, that date is currently occupied by a Warner Bros. DC event film believe to be Aquaman.
Deadline reports that Paramount has also issued a December 22, 2017 release date for director Alexander Payne's new movie Downsizing. The movie features an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Jason Sudeikis, Neil Patrick Harris, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Wiig and Christoph Waltz. As of now, that is currently quite the crowded date, with Sony's Jumanji, Universal's Pitch Perfect 3, The Weinstein Company's The Six Billion Dollar Man, 20th Century Fox's The Story of Ferdinand and an Untitled PG-13 Comedy from Warner Bros. all opening on that date.
The studio has also set aside an untitled horror movie for release on April 28, 2017, which will be released in IMAX. The movie will go up against an untitled Universal and Blumhouse horror movie and Lionsgate's How to be a Latin Lover, starring Eugenio Derbez. The studio also set a November 2, 2018 date for an untitled event film, which will go up against Disney's Mulan remake.
As for Mission: Impossible 6, we reported in September that Tom Cruise had cleared up a contract dispute. Pre-production had already been under way, with several employees told to stop their work because of a contract dispute. Sources claimed that the movie was never in no real danger of being halted for good. Principal photography is now slated to begin in March 2017, pushed up a few months from its original projected start date of January 2017.
Rebecca Ferguson is reportedly set to reprise her role from Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, although no other cast members have been confirmed. Also returning from Rogue Nation is director Christopher McQuarrie, who will become the first director to have ever taken the helm on back-to-back Mission: Impossible movies. It hasn't been confirmed if the director is also writing Mission: Impossible 6, after writing Rogue Nation with Drew Pearce.