Episode Forty-Two - The Making of ‘Mission: Impossible III’ (2006), Part 1

It’s time to do a deep dive into the production of one of the most controversial entries in the franchise, “Mission: Impossible III!” On today’s episode we get into the movie’s thorny pre-production, when David Fincher, Joe Carnahan and Ang Lee were all interested andhow the “Superman” reboot affected plans for the film. Also: we have a Patreon now!

Episode Forty-One - Brad Bird Interview, Part 3 (Director of ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’)

In our final installment in our epic Brad Bird interview, we finally get to the issue that you have been waiting for … a frank discussion of Tom Cruise’s hair. (The answer is as satisfying as it is matter-of-fact.) We also talk more about IMAX, why Luther isn’t on the team, and the three running shots that aren’t Tom! Don’t worry, we end on a bang!

Episode Forty - Brad Bird Interview, Part 2 (Director of ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’)

This is it! The sequel you’ve been waiting for – part two of our conversation with the amazing Brad Bird! In this installment, we attempt to get to the bottom of those location cards, find out what James Bond movies were an influence, the role “Die Hard” and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" played in the making of the movie, his intention with the Paula Patton/Lea Seydoux fight and how he wanted to end the movie on a VERY different note. Also, find out why you should never use rich people as extras! It’s another wild ride.

Episode Thirty-Nine - Brad Bird Interview, Part 1 (Director of ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’)

This is it! The first part of our epic conversation with the one and only Brad Bird, director of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol!” In this episode we discuss what made him choose “Mission: Impossible” for his first live action-feature, his vision for the title sequence and how he wanted it to be different from other entries, and just how close Vanessa Redgrave came to reprising her role of Max in the sequel (it’s probably much closer than you’d think). Bird also recounts an alternate opening that had us shook. All of this and much more in this very special episode!

Episode Thirty-Eight - Filmograph Interview, Part 2 (Title Designers for 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and 'Rogue Nation')

DESCRIPTION: We conclude our conversation with the ridiculously talented team from Filmograph, talking about how the music from the film influences the title sequences, whether or not they’ll return for future missions, and a very cool Easter egg they smuggled into the ‘Fallout’ curtain call. And, of course, we get them to rank the movies! Plus, we get them to discuss some of their amazing work, including “Aquaman” and “Glass!”

Episode Thirty-Seven - Filmograph Interview, Part 1 (Title Designers for 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and 'Rogue Nation')

This week we sit down with Aaron Becker & Seth Kleinberg of Filmograph to talk about their amazing title sequences for “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” We discuss what makes for a classic title sequence, how other title sequences from the franchise influenced their approach (including the work of their old boss Kyle Cooper) and get into the nitty gritty when it comes to the “sparkiness” of the fuse. It’s a spirited discussion of one of our favorite aspects of the films!

Episode Thirty-Six - Oliver Stone's 'Mission: Impossible 2'

We do a deep-dive into a little-read screenplay for what would have been Oliver Stone's "Mission: Impossible 2." Written by David Marconi with revisions by Michael Tolkin, this would have been a VERY different sequel, with returning characters from the first film and, um, an evil supercomputer as the villain. Plus, we go into what changed once John Woo took over and uncover a lost sequence from David Koepp's 1994 draft of the first movie. It's an awesome excursion into the land of what-if.