Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning director reveals complex set in Abu Dhabi

Christopher McQuarrie praised the local crew and authorities

By Gabriella Geisinger 5 Jul 2023

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning director reveals complex set in Abu Dhabi
Mission Impossible; Cr: Paramount

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One director Christopher McQuarrie praised Abu Dhabi's local production crew and authorities in a behind the scenes video.

The video, shared by the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, shows some of the incredible stunts star Tom Cruise is known for.

McQuarrie revealed that the stunts teased in the trailer aren't even the biggest, or most complex, they filmed.

In the video, he explains that while they were shooting in Abu Dhabi, they were inspired to create a desert scene.

They filmed in what Production Manager Ben Piltz referred to as "the empty quarter" which featured "amazing dunes" and a "big salt flat" perfect for a sequence of charging horses.

McQuarrie said: "Once we decided we were going to shoot the airport sequence in Abu Dhabi, we decided to shoot a desert sequence as well.

"The desert sequence is something Tom and I have always dreamed about. The location just told us what to do.

"These things that we’re doing, while they seem to flow rather effortlessly, are actually very complicated and involve a lot of skill on Tom’s part. It really was the biggest set we’d ever worked on.”

The team built a scene set inside the airport and on its roof for the scenes in which Cruise's Ethan Hunt is evading authorities.

McQuarrie added: "Etihad and Abu Dhabi Airport provided us with this airport, and gave us an opportunity to shoot a sequence in a way that one had never been done. It was an extraordinary, beautiful location. It’s epic in scale."

You can watch the full video below.

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