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Mission: Impossible III

Release Date: May 5, 2006

October 11, 2005
Pegg goes on Mission

Simon Pegg has joined the cast of Mission: Impossible 3. He will play an ally of Tom Cruise's Special Agent Ethan Hunt. The remainder of the cast includes Michelle Monaghan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Keri Russell, Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Maggie Q. J.J. Abrams is directing the project.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

August 31, 2005
Crudup goes for Mission

Billy Crudup has signed for a role in Mission: Impossible 3. J.J. Abrams is directing the film, which also stars Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Keri Russell.
Source: Variety

June 20, 2005
Fishburne is headed for a Mission

Laurence Fishburne will join the cast of Mission: Impossible 3 for Paramount Pictures, which will begin shooting next month. Fishburne joins Tom Cruise, Keri Russell, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Source: Variety

June 15, 2005
Russell goes for a Mission

Keri Russell, a favorite of J.J. Abrams after his work with her on the television series Felicity, has joined the cast of Paramount's Mission: Impossible 3. She'll play a trainee agent who is mentored by Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). That role had earlier been assigned to Scarlett Johansson, but the movie was delayed and even in danger of stalling for an extended period. Along with Russell and Cruise, Ving Rhames will reprise his role as Luther Stickel from the first two films, and Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Philip Seymour Hoffman will also star.
Source: Variety

June 8, 2005
Mission: Impossible 3 officially a go

After some weeks of speculation that the studio might scrap the project, Paramount Pictures' chief Brad Grey gave the film an official greenlight yesterday, with production on the film now set to begin on July 18th. The sticking point had been the $150 million budget and Cruise's backend deal of 30% of the movie's gross. Although the exact details of the various contracts were not made public, the budget was cut and Cruise agreed to a reduced payday. Cruise made as much as $70 million on Mission: Impossible 2.
Source: Variety

May 26, 2005
Rhys-Meyers joins Mission: Impossible

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers has joined the cast of Mission: Impossible 3. He'll play an associate of Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt character. Other cast members include Ving Rhames and Michelle Monaghan. J.J. Abrams is directing.
Source: Variety

May 25, 2005
Cast shake-up for Mission: Impossible 3

Due to the movie's numerous delays, Kenneth Branagh, Scarlett Johansson and Carrie-Anne Moss have dropped out of the project. Thus far, other than Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames, who both return from the previous films, the only other performer to be cast is Michelle Monaghan, who will portray Cruise's love interest. Details of the JJ Abrams film are being kept under wraps.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

September 17, 2004
Writers get an Impossible Mission

With Alias creator J.J. Abrams on board as director, he has now brought over some writers from his television series to take on screenwriting duties for the film. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will handle the script after a number of writers fell off the project, including Dean Georgaris, Dan Gilroy, Robert Towne and Frank Darabont.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

August 12, 2004
War of the Worlds and M:I3 switch spots

After two days of frantic negotiating, War of the Worlds, which stars Tom Cruise and is being directed by Steven Spielberg, has been fast-tracked. Yesterday, it was reported that Spielberg's 1972 Munich Olympics film had been pushed back due to the need for a rewrite of the screenplay. With newly-hired helmer J.J. Abrams still working on his rewrite of the Mission: Impossible 3 script so that he can begin production, Paramount decided to flip-flop the two tentpole projects. War of the Worlds will now see release in 2005, while Mission: Impossible 3 will be pushed from Summer 2005 to 2006. DreamWorks is actually co-financing War of the Worlds with Paramount, while Paramount is handling M:I3 on its own. Sources speculate that budgets for both films are probably in excess of $100 million.
Source: Variety

July 19, 2004
Carnahan doesn't take Mission

Less than two months before filming is set to begin, director Joe Carnahan has walked away from Mission: Impossible 3, citing "creative differences" as the reason. His departure had been rumored for several weeks, and Paramount says that it should have no effect on the shooting schedule.
Source: Variety

July 6, 2004
Mission: Impossible 3 gets a holiday push

Viewers will have to wait another seven weeks in addition to the other five years for the third film in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Paramount Pictures has moved off the previous release date the first week of May in order to stake their claim to the weekend of June 29th. Currently, that weekend had already been occupied by Marvel's latest comic book franchise adaptation, The Fantastic Four. By opening on a Wednesday, Paramount plans to use their two-day head start on the Fox title to either create word-of-mouth buzz to carry the July 4th box office frame or, even better, force a date change for The Fantastic Four.
Source: Variety

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