The fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise may now officially have a director. Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has been mentioned as being in talks to take the gig for quite some time, and with Cruise recently dropping out of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in order to focus his efforts on Mission: Impossible 5, we assumed that production was poised to begin sooner rather than later. Earlier today, McQuarrie took to Twitter with the simple message, “Mission: Accepted,” seemingly indicating that he has agreed to sign on as the director of M:I 5.
Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) was tapped to pen the script for Mission: Impossible 5 a few months ago, and Cruise is officially onboard to produce and star in the follow-up to Brad Bird’s nearly $700 million-grossing fourth installment. Simon Pegg recently told us that his 2014 schedule would include the filming of another Mission: Impossible, so it appears that Benji will (thankfully) return as well. [Update: Paramount has confirmed McQuarrie's involvement. Read the full press release after the jump.]
PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND SKYDANCE PRODUCTIONS TAP CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE TO DIRECT THE NEXT MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
HOLLYWOOD, CA (August 5, 2013) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that Christopher McQuarrie will direct the next “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” film.
McQuarrie will direct from a screenplay by Drew Pearce, with Tom Cruise reprising the iconic role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996. The project will be produced by Cruise through Tom Cruise Productions, Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, who served as producers on previous films in the hit series. Skydance Productions, who served as co-financers and executive producers of the last installment, will work closely with the team in the development and production process.
“I am thrilled to reunite with Chris for the latest installment in the Mission series,” said Cruise. “I began producing the films with the goal that a different director with his own vision would make each one. Chris is an extraordinary filmmaker who will deliver the heart-pounding action and thrills that audiences around the world have come to expect from the Mission: Impossible franchise.”
Added Adam Goodman, President of Paramount Film Group: “The Mission series is special for its signature directors; Chris McQuarrie keeps this tradition thriving.”
McQuarrie recently wrote and directed “JACK REACHER” for Paramount and Skydance, with Cruise in the title role, based on the novels by New York Times bestselling author Lee Child. His screenwriting credits include the upcoming “EDGE OF TOMORROW” and 2008’s “VALKYRIE,” both starring Cruise, as well as “THE USUAL SUSPECTS,” for which he earned an Academy Award® for best screenplay in 1995.
“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL,” the 4th installment in the globally successful franchise, earned nearly $700M around the world and became Cruise’s highest grossing film to date in his storied career.
The “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” franchise has earned more than $2B at the worldwide box office, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.