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Hey folks, Harry here with Quint's scoop regarding Darabont and M:I 3. Not really sure what to make of this, except that well... Darabont is a damn great writer and that Joe Carnahan is going to kick in teeth with this film... well, that's my wager anyways. Here's Quint....

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some good news for all of us who were burned by the fatally retarded MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2! I planted a bug in the Linda Blair bobble-head on Sherry Lansing's desk last week and it has already yielded some groovy info!

Turns out none other than Frank Darabont has been coerced into scripting M:I3, with Tom Cruise (of course) starring. Maybe it's a pay check, maybe it's a mercy scripting... I know I felt terrible for all involved in M:I2... Maybe he's excited by the direction new director Joe Carnahan is going or maybe Cruise worked some of his Scientology voo-doo on him. No matter what the scenario Darabont has proven he knows how to write good material.

I'm excited by the news because I really did dig the first MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE flick and I want the series to be successful... But if Darabont takes time to do this, does that mean I have to wait even that much longer for his take on Bradbury's brilliant FAHRENHEIT 451 or King's equally brilliant (in a B-grade drive in sorta way) THE MIST?

I better get running, squirts! This news should be hitting the trades in the next week or so! Remember who told ya' first!


email: Email Quint here! He'll get back to you just as soon as he returns from picking his feet in Poughkeepsie!!!

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  • March 22, 2004, 6:21 a.m. CST


    by KID AB

    I think the baddie should be Claire Danes, with Billy Crudup and Hulk Hogan as her right hand men. "I'm protecting a home wrecker, Brother!" Seriously though this'll turn into another Tom Cruise Scientology wank-fest. Darabont or no Darabont.

  • March 22, 2004, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Ah, yes...

    by Bruce Leroy

    That is good news indeed. I felt bad for John Woo after i saw MI2. I really hope the this 3rd outing will be better. It certainly can't get any worse. Having Darabont write the script is a huge step in the right direction.

  • March 22, 2004, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Closet to first Ive ever been ... what did ppl think of the new

    by jigga422

    I didnt mind it ... nothing fantastic. I personally believe this darabont story is BULLSHIT. I'll wait till its confirmed by variety or a better movie site like or

  • March 22, 2004, 6:37 a.m. CST

    I blame Tom Cruise

    by pogo on my own

    I have to think Tom Cruise was partially to blame for the outrageousness of MI2. I cant see Woo letting things get that out of hand on his own. That and I dont know if a studio will allow him to actually make a real John Woo movie like Hard Boiled/The Killers . Although as a Woo Fan I am terrified of the Action Musical that he is working on.

  • March 22, 2004, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Darabont will undoubtedly knock out a quality script, Carnahan w

    by Coatsy UK

    What a prick.

  • March 22, 2004, 7:05 a.m. CST

    MI2 was good!!

    by chunkus

    well i thought the second film was much better than the first. It had great typical John Woo moments and has much more entertaining moments. Those of you who didnt like it obviously need to stop taking things so seriously!!

  • March 22, 2004, 7:05 a.m. CST

    M:I2 was not that bad

    by Lethal Waffle

    M:I2 was a very fun action film... not as bad as the reputation made on his website... it's certainly not as smart as the first one; it's certainly not as good as John Woo's Hong Kong's films... still as a summer blockbuster, it kicked ass... the best motorbike chase of the last years...

  • March 22, 2004, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Don't blame John Woo. Blame America!

    by CellarDoor

    Would John Woo have made films even closely resembling Face Off or Broken Arrow outside of the States? I'll answer that for you...NO! Having said that most of his original stuff was a bit wank anyway. Although I did like the bike stunts in MI:2. Hey, maybe Darabont will team up Tom with Hellboy and have them take on a group of neo-nazi cyborg gorillas. BOOM!

  • March 22, 2004, 7:13 a.m. CST

    just as long as....

    by satansteve

    they take it in the direction of the first movie. Don't get me wrong, the second is ok, but it doesnt even compare to the tense, highly intelligent original. M:I 2 had some good action scenes, but the plot seemed like an afterthought. Go M:I 1!!!

  • March 22, 2004, 7:27 a.m. CST

    MI2 was goo.. wait.. it sucked!!

    by quantum_ken

  • March 22, 2004, 7:35 a.m. CST

    As long as its a new slant!

    by Pjdonnelli

  • March 22, 2004, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Leave MI2 alone!

    by Northerner82

    It didn't wasn't the greatest movie ever but it was fun and had lots of cool stuff in it. The first movie in the series was obviously better though. Can we have ethan working in a team again, rather than taking the world on by himself? also, the original (movie) music is much better. and tom, get a haircut. thanks.

  • March 22, 2004, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Sorry pressed enter by mistake

    by Pjdonnelli

    Anyway what was going to say was that MI was one of my favorite films. It was trademark De Palma, dark, technical and it had a shock opening that echoed Blow Out's incredibly tense ending. Tom Cruise was a complex hate ridden character, the brief love intrest was killed of at the end and he didnt once shoot a gun. So you can imagine my initial dissapointment that MI2 was infact more of a James Bond film. But now I can see Cruises plan for the series, make each film a compleatly different style, you have got to admit that MI2 was a very good John Woo action film, while MI was a very good Brian De Palma thriller. Personally i was hoping that David Fincher would be directing this instalment and maybe bring us something compleatly new.

  • March 22, 2004, 7:43 a.m. CST

    PG-13 sucks ass!!!

    by godoffireinhell

    Not even Darabont and Carnahan will be able to make a PG-13 action film work.

  • March 22, 2004, 7:43 a.m. CST


    by Drunken Rage

    Quint's comparing Ray Bradbury's "Farenheit 451" to Stephen King's "The Mist"? What the fuck?

  • March 22, 2004, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Fuck Tom Cruise, Fuck Him Up His Stupid, Well-Fucked, Arse.

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    I actually liked The Last Samurai, and think that most of the time Tom (formerly known as "Our Tom") is worth the money they pay him, as he's a consistantly good actor and his charm does indeed light up a scene and his head on a poster draws the crowds but the man is an insufferable prick. What an ego this cunt has. One small example, when he was here in Sydney shooting MI2 he actually had minor league actors and extras threatened with being fired off the set if they dared to look him in the eyes and then followed through on said threat by having the few who disobeyed this edict from on 'high' escorted from the location and sent home. I'm glad to have never been near the tightly wound little (gay?) fucker. Give me a home cooked lamb roast any day. I'm still waiting on a directors cut of the first MI film, you know one that actually makes sense in a conventional narrative sense without being subject to huge unforgiving time cuts. Once again, Tom Cruise: good actor, bankable star, massive cunt with short-man's syndrome and, according to several Sydney doctors, genital herpes.

  • March 22, 2004, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Isn't he busy?

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    Isn't Frank supposed to be writing the fourth installment of Indy Jones?...WHAT GIVES FRANCIS?????? FINISH WHAT YA STARTED!!!!! YOU GOT NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN WRITE A BUNCH OF SEQUELS??? DON'T YOU HAVE ANOTHER STEPHEN KING BOOK TO MAKE INTO A MOVIE?????? WHAT THE HOLY FUCKIN' SNIZZITS YOU GOT GOING ON???? ARE YOU A MACHINE?????...frankly...I think "Frank Darabont" is just a seudonym for a chimpanzee with chained to a typewriter that in a studio back office with a carton of Kool's and a bottle of Wild Turkey....SO WHERE THE FUCK CAN I SIGN UP FOR THAT SWEET GIG?????????...And thus, I need to quit my day job! - - - George, The 7th Chicken!!!!

  • March 22, 2004, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I never fully recovered from M:I:2. Bleahhh. Literally the worst

    by TheGinger Twit

    When the Simpson were in Australia, that was funny. I've taken so much pleasure in how Simpsoons takes the piss outta countries like China, and England and Scotland. And when they were in Australia I had humour enough to laugh at the stereo types. When Tom Cruise was here being all Action hero... well, It just didn't cut it for me. Firstly, (Assumes American doing Australian accent) wi don't awwll tawk like a buncha drongo yobs. (Reassumes propper Russel Crow) Second, We don't deal in pounds here. Never have I heard ANYONE refer to currancy as pounds. We use Dollars. Just like you Yanks, only ours is much more colourful and pretty and worth half as much. Hence why so many Hollywood flicks are made down here. Why pay top dollar when you can come here and pay slave labor for a country full of Artists ready to pump out Lord of the Rings if we had an industry that treated us as equals and not cockroaches to be used to build your sets and have some crumbs thrown at us and told we're working on a big hollywood blockbuster. Seriously, here is where the talent lies. You writers in hollywood are stale, we here are ready to dazzle. No one here says Loo. Hell I haven't even heard Dunny since I was a kid. We say Toilet. And if your pompus enough we say bathroom. Now what number example am I up to. Fuck it, i could go on and on. But the results are that Tom Cruse felt the need to make a big hollywood film for the country that adopted him after he married our Nic... and we all just laughed at his masterpiece and said "that aint Mission Impossible ya twanga!!"... and so he divorsed Nic and sent her home and never looked our way again. And who cares. We don't need his kind. Only kidding Tom. seriously. I love the first M:I... here's hopeing you go back to that eh?

  • March 22, 2004, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Frank Darabont? I'm supposed to be excited by this?

    by NiceMarmot

    "The Fly II", "Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Warriors", and "The Green Mile" on the resume hardly inspire any hope that the MI series will escape the stink of Woo's massive grogan. OK, Darabont also did "Shawshank", but all the good stuff in that was done before in "Escape From Alcatraz".

  • March 22, 2004, 5:47 p.m. CST

    MI:2 was terrible

    by 007-11

    Was it a real movie or just a bunch of John Woo test footage to show how amazing hair looks when it's blowing in the wind? Too many masks, too much bullshit. If you hated "Torque", you have to hate this movie too.

  • March 22, 2004, 6:38 p.m. CST

    John Woo

    by TS Thomas

    I dunno, he's made some horrible films since he's decided to... break... America. Face/Off is quite possibly the best movie he's made "over there". Windtalkers was crap (How many times did we see Nicholas Cage fire his pistol repeatedly, with every single shot taking down a Jap), Paycheck was insanely bad (Awful Ben Affleck & what about that horrendous stick fight in the lab or the completely insane insertion of the dove). Come on John, just leave while you've still got a reputation of sorts.

  • March 22, 2004, 7:10 p.m. CST

    So Frank Darabont is now writing MEMEME:3? Good news. Can't wa

    by Frietag

    Fun for the whole family!

  • March 22, 2004, 7:40 p.m. CST

    The World Is Not Waiting For This

    by Jervis Tetch

    MI:1 was stylish but had that ridiculous climax where Cruise flew through the air and the chopper blade stopped 1/8 inches away from his throat. MI:2 didn't have a human pulse, just a bunch of masks being ripped off, pretty-boy TC impossibly hanging by his fingernails from tall Utah rocks, and the most ridiculous and homoerotic final fight scene, ever. What nobody mentions is how the original "Mission:Impossible" TV show -- about a crew of 5 equal specialists on a mission -- somehow turned into a vanity project for Tom Cruise where he does it all himself and Ving Rhames is lucky to come along to pick him up after a hard day's work. If slow-as-molasses Darabont doesn't finish a script on this til 2009, it'll be OK by me.

  • March 22, 2004, 7:43 p.m. CST

    if Darabont is writing it we can at least count on it being almo

    by inkymae

  • March 22, 2004, 7:56 p.m. CST

    I hate you all

    by MisterBlonde

    Mission Impossible 2 kicked my ass from start to finish. Maybe it was my age at the time, I dunno. That movie was fucking awesome for the eyes. Did I pay attention to the story? Hell no! There wasn't one! Fuck you guys! That movie ruled! Part 1 was better, yeah. I own part 1...not part 2. But part 2 in the theatre was fucking off the chizzle.

  • March 22, 2004, 8:58 p.m. CST

    No superhuman abilites or Cruise flowing hair shots this time pl

    by Darksider

    How about a non ex-agent villian? It's only been done in both movies.

  • March 22, 2004, 8:58 p.m. CST

    No, no no. Fuck MI3 any motherfucker could write it. Darabont ne

    by Big Bad Clone

    And MI was weak. The movie would be great if it was about the team instead of James Bond's gay nephew.

  • March 22, 2004, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Getting DePalma back wouldn't hurt either.

    by Darksider

  • March 22, 2004, 9:37 p.m. CST

    MI2 Rocks!!

    by cruisefan555

    MI2 is without a doubt one of my favorite films. the action was fast and a thrill a minute. the love interest was hot!!! I would'nt kick her out bed for eatting crackers. MI1 was good but 2 took it to the next level!

  • March 22, 2004, 9:52 p.m. CST

    You forgot this about M:I 2. . .

    by ranting_dude

    I hated the part in end that was completely stolen from Sam Raimi's classic Darkman. You know, the one where the main vilain thinks Cruise is dead but turns out it is his number two dude with a mask on. The way he found out was by the cut he gave the dude on his finger with that cigar cutter thing. Which was ripped off of Durant from Darkman. Cut your fucking hair Tom Cruise! Also, stop with this one man army, James Bond bull crap. You are supposed to work with a damn team. Oh man did I want that chick to jump off so bad. What happend to you John Woo? The firs M:I was a hell of a lot better and I don't understand why every critic was saying that it didn't make sense. I understood it just fine. Hopefully Darabont makes things better, but I'm not getting my hopes up for this thing. Also , I thought David Fincher was going to direct the this part?

  • March 22, 2004, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Tom Crooz

    by SPlissken

    This mission...just got a whole lot more impossible. Before you know it, they will practically finish each others' sentences.

  • March 22, 2004, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Does anyone want this movie? The second one was pretty lame.

    by minderbinder

    Not that the first one was anything spectacular either.

  • March 22, 2004, 10:37 p.m. CST


    by BillEmic

    David Fincher has long since moved on from MI-3 and thank God. His talents would be wasted. They've got the director of NARC on this one now. And, oh, surprise surprise, Cruise's production company handled NARC. So it's got that whole incestuous angle going for it. Also, you can slam John Woo's American films all you want...but there's no way you can touch BULLET IN THE HEAD, A BETTER TOMORROW 2, THE KILLER, or HARD BOILED...flawless action films that American has never, ever even come close to duplicating for sheer violence and intensity. The only thing that even comes close is Die Hard, and that's not nearly as violent as Hard Boiled. So, when John Woo was in his prime, he was untouchable.

  • March 22, 2004, 11:03 p.m. CST

    All PG-13 action movies suck...?

    by Osmosis Jones

    What about the LOTR trilogy? Anyways, I must be the only person who liked both M:I movies equally, and love the fact that each film has a completely different visual style (like the Alien Quadrilogy). Still, I'd rather have Darabont get cracking on The Mist (after the commercial success of the new Dawn Of The Dead, it'd be like DOTD crossed with Jurassic Park, and would have an audience).

  • March 22, 2004, 11:27 p.m. CST

    M:I 2 retarded?

    by Louis P.

    "M:I 1" is far more "special," if you will. Not one person can explain to me what was gonig on in that first flick. It makes "Basic" seem coherent.

  • March 23, 2004, 12:54 a.m. CST

    "Do we really need another kick?.. Lets just call it kickin' imp

    by MaulRat

    Darabont is the man when it comes to screenwriting, YES he did the Fly II and Dream Warriors, but consider the type of movies they are, Nightmare 3 is EASILY one of the best of the franchise (not saying enough? okay) it is second ONLY to the first, and ONLY because the first was fresh and relatively original which counts for quite a bit in my books.. Having said that, its not the scripts that ruined those movies, go back and read those scripts but imagine yourself directing and producing them.. oh and while I'm on the new line tangent BOB SHAYE YOU WERE THE WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO FREDDY KRUEGAR, YOU PUSSY, GOT BULLIED INTO LOTR, YOU WERE AGAINST IT, THEN YOU CAVED AND CLAIMED IT AS YOUR DOING WHEN IT CLEANED UP, IT WASNT YOUR DOING.. ehem... Shawshank was awesome, and beautiful, my favourite movie of that year, gave me a better feeling than Forrest Gump did, or Pulp Fiction tried to, Green Mile was good but over time and underdone, having said that though, the script was GOOD.. So, Darabont being on board is a GOOD thing. *BAMF*

  • March 23, 2004, 2:15 a.m. CST

    MI2 kicked ass!

    by EatU2xx

    Hey any sequel fans, knows a story line to lead the character to potential spin-offs. MI 2 did that. Tom Cruise-had long hair, a new lead women, a complex partner past, a new and old partner(helicopter pilot and Ving Rhames)new location scenery. A famous Action director and the potential to do a blockbuster $ for the studios. It did all that. By $30million over the original. So John Woo did his thing, even though it was outrageous motorcycle work, and no hand cartwheel kick.Just Brilliant. Look at the lighting of the characters-they glow. Not like the first film which was dark and drap.Typical European style. Will the 3rd film make more $?. This day and age of hype up ticket prices, maybe.Will there be any return profits with balloned promotions and advertising,possibly not. But we all love a sequel.Hit the music.Dumda da da da duh duhduhzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  • March 23, 2004, 7:55 a.m. CST

    MI2 too

    by kafka07

    I too liked MI2. It was over the top, but so what? It was a fun summer movie flic. I saw it at a drive-in double feature with Gladiator. Very cool. The first MI was very lame.

  • March 23, 2004, 9:06 a.m. CST

    more AMAZON links, please

    by ATARI

    I just can't get enough of 'em!

  • March 23, 2004, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I see Tom Cruise invading Iraq to free the last remaining Soldie

    by TheGinger Twit

  • March 23, 2004, 10:46 a.m. CST

    And the love interest will be a 5 foot mirror. and it'll still b

    by TheGinger Twit

  • March 23, 2004, 1:19 p.m. CST

    I think they should call it Mission: Ridiculous with Hulk Hogan

    by Lord Shatner

    "This message will self destruct in 10 seconds, brother"

  • March 23, 2004, 1:26 p.m. CST

    M:I 2 Sucked... 'nuff said

    by BubbleWrap

    The way the M:I franchise is going, the next flick SHOULD be directed by Joel Schumacher with Ahnuld as the villian with quipy one liners. Then Ethan could complete his ambigious little duo with Chris O'Donnell and pat each other's asses after a mission well done.

  • March 23, 2004, 2:11 p.m. CST

    you know at one point

    by judderman

    Sherry Lansing was fairly hot. Not as hot as Stacey Snider though.

  • March 23, 2004, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Believe me, the first M:I wasn't all that...

    by Aston Lad

    ...I think I once read on the trivia section on IMDb that a cast member of the TV series walked out of the theatre whilst watching de Palma's remake cos he felt it wasn't true to the spirit of the series or something like that. And vanity project or not, M:I2 had infinitely better action pieces than the first film, plus more of them. The first film's good, I just find it inferior to its sequel. My humble opinion, and I accept most won't share it. PS Darabont rules, but I still don't want there to be an Indy 4 even if he is writing it.

  • March 23, 2004, 4:53 p.m. CST

    MI2...lots of boring slow motion cliches

    by ScreamingPenis

    they don't get much worse than MI2, so MI3 will be a triumph regardless. now what about that indy iv script mr. darabont?

  • March 23, 2004, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Only on an AICN talkback....

    by Pontsing Barset

    ... would one ever see a bunch self appointed film connoisseurs arguing over which big, dumb, (b grade) action "block-buster" is better than another. You guy's are the reason Hollywood makes the garbage they do - you'll buy anything, as long as things get blowed-up real good, they give you a little T&A, and it's got plenty of shoot-em ups, 'kewl' car/motorcycle chases and 'bitchin' FX. Bleh.

  • March 23, 2004, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by TomVee

    The secone one stank so bad I am amazed anyone would be contemplating a third one. The first one is nothing to write home about, either, come to think of it. Maybe Cruise can don a pink tutu in this one and dance the mazurka atop a moving HumVee, full of movie execs, which then explodes, incinerating all with fiery gusto.

  • March 23, 2004, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Frank Darabont never met a cliche he didn't like

    by Carson Dyle

    The guy's a hack; the James Horner of screenwriters. Lucas did the right thing by pulling the plug on Indy 4. The last thing the world needs is another bad "Raiders" sequel.

  • March 23, 2004, 8:38 p.m. CST


    by DominicVobiscum

    I know you basement dwellers out there who loved MI2 tend to blindly worship anything by that one-trick pony named John Woo, but MI2 is not only a BAD movie, it's cinematic plagerism of the worst kind. Ranting dude already mentioned the Darkman rip-off with the duck taped mouthed Tom Cruise mask wearing dead man switcheroo, but that's petty larceny compared with the rest of the film. Ever hear of Notorious? Little film directed by this unknown director named Alfred Hitchcock and two nobodies named Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. A spy has to get close to his target in order to recover a deadly substance. He approaches the target's ex-girlfriend and convinces her to reunite with the target. She has difficulty retaining her cover because she has fallen in love with the spy and is too involved in her work. She is found out by the target who subsequently poisons her. Sound familiar? MI2 isn't a remake of Notorious. It isn't inspired by Notorious. It IS Notorious. Except that they removed every spark of intelligence and charm before production. The race track scenes from MI2 and Notorious are practically identical. Except that its existence actually makes sense in Notorious.

  • March 23, 2004, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Aw, man

    by BillEmic

    Hey, criticize and blast MI:2 all you want...and any other of John Woo's US-made films. But if you're seriously calling Woo a "one trick pony", then I really question your knowledge of his films. Have you seen The Killer? Have you seen Bullet in the Head? I dare you to find a better directed action movie than Hard Boiled (EXCEPT maybe something by Tsui Hark). While Woo admittedly hasn't made a substantial film since he left HK, he's far from a "one trick pony".

  • March 23, 2004, 11:49 p.m. CST

    re: The original series

    by Gislef_crow

    " What nobody mentions is how the original "Mission:Impossible" TV show -- about a crew of 5 equal specialists on a mission". Well, four equal specialists and poor Peter "The Lupe" Lupus getting short shrift. I also think he was the one who walked out of the theater (although it might have been Peter Graves). Anyhoo, if they want to do a spy series, why not just create a spy series? Instead, we get a few mentions of the IMF and the "Your mission, if you decide to accept it..." tape riff. Then it's on to standard Bond-style action flick. Did Cruise try out for the Bond role and get rejected, and the M:I franchise is his revenge?

  • March 24, 2004, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Bullet in the Head

    by BillEmic

    John Woo's (relatively) unknown masterpiece is 1990's Bullet in the Head. I can't reccomend that one enough. It's insanely brutal and unforgiving...and it's really unlike anything else he's done. It's set during Vietnam and Woo really gets in-depth about how violence dehumanizes people. Also, you can rag on Hard Target's acting, story, script, and all that...but it has some flawless action directing. The whole sequence where Van Damme gets ambushed in New Orleans, which climaxes with him jumping from a motorcycle onto the hood of a moving's just action perfection. But, otherwise, I will concede that Woo's US films are nothing noteworthy. Which is unfortunate because he *is* insanelly talented. It's just that Hollywood will never let him go as violent or as serious/dark as he needs to go.

  • March 24, 2004, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Amazon kickbacks?

    by KryptonsLastSon

    So when you buy through those links how much gets kicked back to Aintitcool? I noticed the links include your name, as a partner site perhaps? At least be forthright about it. Oh yeah, who cares about MI:3, we we're already burned once.....

  • March 24, 2004, 7:49 p.m. CST

    MI2 was one of the worst movies I sat through in the theater

    by Jon E Cin

    I love John Woo..but this movie sucked! The opening scene and the face changes were so lame! Hope they get it right this time