October 28, 2010


As we previously reported, the fourth Mission: Impossible would not be titled “Mission: Impossible IV and as such we had to refer to it with such non-catchy descriptors like “Untitled Mission: Impossible Reboot”.  Now, Tom Cruise has revealed the official title for the movie: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (we have confirmation from Paramount that this is the correct spelling).  Maybe there can be a nice crossover at some point with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon and after their Ghost Mission they can all go out and enjoy a nice Ghost Steak.

The title was revealed during a press conference for the film, which is partially shooting in Dubai.  Also at the press conference were costars Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton, producer Bryan Burk and director Brad Bird (The Incredibles).  Hit the jump for what they had to say about filming in Dubai as well as Cruise’s thoughts on Top Gun 2 and shooting at 828-meter-high Burj Khalifa tower.

While everyone was unsurprisingly tight-lipped about details surrounding the plot, Cruise did say that they would be filming at the Burj Khalifa tower:

“I’ll be spending many days, many hours on the side of this building.  I can’t give you details, but I will be up there.”

According to Wikipedia, the Burj Khalifa has been the world’s tallest building since it officially opened in January of this year.  While I have no quotes from the architect, I’m sure at some point he must have said, “It’s been life’s mission to poke God in the eye.”


While other profile films have shot in Dubai, including Syriana and Duplicity, Ghost Protocol will be the first movie to prominently feature the city.  Said Bird:

“We love the fact that it’s a big, new city, that it hasn’t been photographed very much … It’s almost like sets that you could never afford.”

Finally, when asked about reprising his role as Maverick in the proposed Top Gun sequel, Cruise dodged like a pro:

“Those things are a long way off. It takes a long time to figure out stuff.”

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is set to open on December 16, 2011.


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