While a small team had already started early development on the film, things were curtailed while Cruise's new contract was hammered out. With Rogue Nation's Christopher McQuarrie ready to return and Cruise likely to be joined by Rebecca Ferguson reprising her role as Isla Faust, it all appears to be back on track.
We don't yet know what the story will be, but you can expect all the usual impossible mission elements – action, a crisis for Cruise's Ethan Hunt to solve and probably a scene or two where the actor does something incredibly risky in the name of spectacle. The current date set is 27 July 2018 in the US, but if the new movie follows Rogue Nation, UK audiences could end up seeing it a day before.
And that was not the only release date announced by Paramount Pictures, as Alexander Payne's (The Descendants) Downsizing also scored a date, in this case 22 December 2017. The effects heavy satirical comedy stars Matt Damon (The Martian) as a man from Omaha who agrees to undergo a popular process that reduces people to a fraction of their size and moves into a community of similarly 'downsized' folk.