‘Mission: Impossible 5’ Went ‘Rogue’ Before ‘Star Wars’ Claimed ‘Rogue One’

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation vs. Star Wars Rogue One
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UPDATE: The full trailer is now online, click here to watch it!

This isn’t a particularly ground-breaking story, but I found it somewhat interesting as I assume a lot of you were instantly reminded of the recently-announced-title for the first Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, when the title for Mission: Impossible 5 was revealed yesterday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. This isn’t the first conflict this Mission has had with Star Wars as it previously moved from a Christmas Day release to its new July 31 date in an effort to stay clear of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, but when it comes to the Rogue title, this is more about marketing than anything else.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story saying, “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.”

What does this mean? Well, sources tell THR that Paramount could have actually fought Disney’s use of the word Rogue in the title of Rogue One but instead a deal was worked out that Disney “will refrain from referring to Rogue One this summer in any promotional materials aimed at the general consumer.” There is one exception that should make Star Wars fans happy, that being they can talk about the spinoff at the Star Wars Celebration fan event in April.

The second, longer trailer for Mission: Impossible 5 is now online, click here to give it a watch.