When Jeremy Renner was first snagged for the new “Mission : Impossible” film, “Mission : Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, talk pricked up like a hair on cold arm about the Oscar Nominated actor being the guy to succeed Tom Cruise in future installments of the series.
According to “Ghost Protocol” star Simon Pegg, that might no longer be the case.
“I think that might have been the plan earlier on”, says Pegg, “but as the film progressed and we enjoyed it so much I think the idea of Ethan Hunt retiring fell by the wayside. Tom [Cruise] suddenly remembered why he loved doing these films so much and suddenly thought ‘well maybe I do want to do more?’.”
If “Mission : Impossible 5″ does become a reality (and all signs suggest it will), Pegg says he’d “love to be part of that gang” again. And he says “It’d be nice to see them go into a mission a little better equipped and prepared and have some things that actually work”, as opposed to what goes on in the latest film.
Meantime, “Ghost Protocol” director Brad Bird says he, like Pegg, would be open to the idea of doing another “Mission : Impossible” too. But in Bird’s case, he needs a good holiday before returning to the exhausting world of the IMF.
“It’s really rough to discuss having another kid when you’re still in the delivery room, recovering from the process, so ask me in about six months”, the filmmaker laughs. ”These films involve some wear and tear, you know”.
And I couldn’t let Bird go without suggesting that maybe for “Mission : Impossible 5″ (should he do it) that he hire Leonard Nimoy, back from the TV series.
“Hey man, what a good idea! cross pollinating the bad robot films!”, Bird says of bringing ‘Paris’ back from the classic series. “I’ll bring that up with JJ. I’ll be sure to discuss it.”
Our full interviews – plus my review of “Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol” (review under embargo still, sorry!) – with Pegg and Nimoy in the coming days.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.