DUBAI: Oscar-nominated actor Tom Cruise said on Thursday that he wanted the fourth instalment of action blockbuster Mission: Impossible to be known by its subtitle — Ghost Protocol.
“All I wanted is not to have a number ... I always thought we should have a title aside from Mission Impossible,” Cruise said at a press conference in Dubai, where he is currently filming.
“It is going to be Mission Impossible and Ghost Protocol — that will be the title of this film.”
Major parts of the film will be shot in Dubai, but scenes will also be shot in Moscow, Prague and Vancouver, according to Paramount Pictures.
“Dubai is very cinematic so we are happy to be here,” Cruise said.
“It is almost like sets that you could never afford, so we’re very lucky I think to be the first in really photographing Dubai as Dubai,” director Brad Bird said.
Executive producer Jeffrey Chernov said that the producers will have logistical support from the municipality, police and possibly the army.
When asked about the type of stunts that will be used in the film, he said, “Big ones, really big ones.”
The cast include Jeremy Renner, nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 2009 war film The Hurt Locker. Other actors include Simon Pegg and Paula Patton.
Animation film director Bird won Academy Awards for the The Incredibles and Ratatouille.
Cruise is producing the film with JJ Abrams who last teamed up with the actor in 2006 for Mission: Impossible 3.
The franchise’s lead star is Cruise, who plays the role of super agent Ethan Hunt.
According to Variety, Mission: Impossible 3 grossed $397.9 million worldwide, a decrease from the first two films in the franchise. The 1996 original made $457.7 million and the second film earned $546.4 million globally.
Critics have speculated that the decision to change the film’s name is a move to disassociate the project from Tom Cruise, whose star power has suffered in recent years.
Ghost Protocol is scheduled to release on December 15, 2011.
With additional information by the News Desk.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2010.
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