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Ethan Hunt is on the move.
On Sunday, Paramount revealed that the next installment in its iconic covert spy franchise is officially titled Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, a moniker that shares a key word with Lucasfilm and Disney’s Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One.
Those tuning into the NCAA basketball tournament will see the first television spot for Rogue Nation, returning Tom Cruise in the lead role and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Until now, the film, scheduled to hit theaters July 31, has only been known as Mission: Impossible 5. Sunday’s ad will be followed by the release of the first trailer on Monday, while the initial poster is likewise being unveiled.
Paramount registered and cleared the title with the Motion Picture Association of America in January, well before Walt Disney chairman-CEO Robert Iger announced the name of the Star Wars spinoff at a shareholder meeting March 12.
Sources say Disney didn’t clear its title, meaning Paramount could have fought to block Disney and Lucasfilm from using it at all, even though Rogue One won’t open until Dec. 16, 2016, long after Rogue Nation has come and gone.
Instead, the two studios quickly worked out a deal whereby Disney will refrain from referring to Rogue One this summer in any promotional materials aimed at the general consumer (an exception is a Star Wars fan event in April).
Rogue Nation will open more than three years after Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol grossed nearly $695 million worldwide, a franchise best. Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg reprise their roles in Rogue Nation alongside Cruise, while Rebecca Ferguson joins the series. The plot, kept under wraps until now, follows Hunt and his team as they take on a highly-skilled rogue syndicate intent on destroying them, setting off a global chase.
This isn’t the first time that Star Wars and Mission: Impossible have butted heads.
Paramount and Skydance Productions, who produced Rogue Nation alongside J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, originally intended to open the movie on Dec. 25, 2015, but its release was moved up so as to avoid Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters Dec. 18. Abrams is directing the high-profile Star Wars reboot for Disney and Lucasfilm.
Below is the TV spot for Rogue Nation.
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