Mission: Impossible 6 to film in Paris and NZ
The project reunites Cruise with writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, who is the first filmmaker to helm two Mission: Impossible movies.
Locations for the next film – as yet untitled but moving into production in the next few weeks – were confirmed by Paramount this week as part of its presentation to distributors at the annual CinemaCon event in Las Vegas.
Previous movie Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (pictured) used Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden outside London as its main production base. The film also ended up shooting much of its third act on location in the English capital.
The franchise has filmed briefly in India before for scenes that featured a cameo appearance from Bollywood star Anil Kapoor.
India is often regarded as a challenging filming location for Hollywood crews as the production process can be bureaucratic and the cities are hectically busy. The Oscar-nominated feature Lion recently shot in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).
Paris is now a more viable filming location for big-budget Hollywood shoots since its Tax Rebate for International Productions (known as TRIP) got a boost at the beginning of last year. The change resulted in a sharp increase in foreign production spending from €57m to €152m in just 12 months, spearheaded by Christopher Nolan’s Second World War feature Dunkirk.
New Zealand also offers world-class studios and filming incentive support that can reach 25% of eligible local spending. National movie hub Wellington has had a profile boost hosting the sci-fi feature Ghost in the Shell and Auckland recently became home to the country’s first permanent water tanks after specialist facilities were built for the production of shark movie Meg.
The new Mission: Impossible film is likely to make its mark in stunt filming. In the two previous movies Cruise performed outlandish aerial stunts – abseiling down the 830-metre-high Burj Khalifa in Dubai and then clinging onto the outside of a plane during take-off.
There is a certain expectation for Cruise to once again push physical boundaries in the new film.
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