Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Is Number One But Started At Desilu

desilu-chairs-320Lucy and Ricky Ricardo left an opportunity for the indigenous CBS series Mission: Impossible to become a film franchise. If it weren’t for the two forming Desilu Productions, Ethan Hunt and the IMF team wouldn’t be taking on the most impossible mission yet-to eradicate the Syndicate, an International organization responsible for performing terrorist attacks.

The fuse traces back to 1950 when Lucille Ball (Lucy) and Desi Arnaz (Ricardo) formed Desilu Productions. The two formed the production as a way to sell their radio show, which became the huge success of “I Love Lucy;” thus, turning the company into a dynamic establishment and allowing them to create many more TV series such as Star Trek and The Untouchables.

The two had a mutually beneficial relationship considering that Desi played as the businessman and Lucy as the creative director. Although the two divorced, this relationship was vital to the company as it helped it to become profitable and allowed them to purchase their own studio lot in Hollywood in 1954.

Desilu Productions
Desilu Productions: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Despite an ongoing success, The Untouchables didn’t do as well as the company would have liked and they were in need of new ideas after it was canceled. In 1964 Bruce Geller pitched the idea of Mission: Impossible to Lucy, which was inspired by Topkapi. Around this time, she was also pitched the idea of Star Trek. The Mission Impossible – TV Series, Original Version ran under Geller from 1966-1973 and Mission Impossible – TV Series, Reboot from 1988-1990. It was definitely a slow transition to the bigscreen, but was predicted to be a great success despite some of its naysayers. Mission Impossible- The Movie, marked Tom Cruise producing debut in 1996, where he first played Ethan Hunt carrying out highly sensitive missions.

The films continued on with Mission: Impossible II 2000, Mission Impossible III 2006, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol 2011, and Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation 2015, serving as the fifth installment of the successful franchise.

Mission: Impossible Rouge Nation debuted on July 31, making $56 million.

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