Christopher McQuarrie Top Choice to Direct MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

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Fresh off the smashing success of last year’s Brad Bird-helmed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, it appears that Paramount and Tom Cruise are eager to get things moving on the fifth entry in the franchise.  The template of the series has always been that a new director steps in each time and puts a new spin on the espionage-centered conceit, and it looks as though the director of the next entry will indeed be someone new to the franchise: Christopher McQuarrie.  Hit the jump for more.

mission-impossible-5-tom-cruisePer Deadline, Cruise and producer J.J. Abrams are keen on bringing in McQuarrie to helm the next installment of the franchise.  McQuarrie and Cruise have been close collaborators for years, as he’s penned the screenplays for Valkyrie, the upcoming All You Need Is Kill, and the now-defunct Top Gun 2, and he recently directed Cruise in the book series adaptation Jack Reacher.  That film doesn’t open until this December, but apparently Cruise and Abrams are very happy with the results as they’ve settled on McQuarrie as their guy for Mission: Impossible 5.

Screenwriters will be brought on to the project before McQuarrie is officially set as the director, but M:I 5 is a top priority for Paramount after the nearly $700 million worldwide gross of Ghost Protocol.  Bird delivered what is arguably the best entry in the franchise to date, so McQuarrie has some big shoes to fill.  He did some uncredited screenplay work on Ghost Protocol and penned the upcoming actioner The Wolverine, so he’s not a stranger to crafting big budget material. 

It’s tough to judge whether McQuarrie is a good fit for the franchise given that his only other directorial work is the 2000 film The Way of the Gun, but we’ll have a better idea of what to expect once Jack Reacher hits theaters next month.  McQuarrie is also developing an adaptation of the Jack Ryan spinoff Without Remorse for Paramount as well, but one assumes Mission: Impossible 5 takes precedence over that property.

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  • Stinky

    Am I the only one that thought Ghost Protocol was a pile?

    • Anonymous

      I’m not ashamed to agree with you. I liked it, but I enjoyed M:I-3 a heck of a lot better, both plot-wise and cinematography-wise.

  • murphyslaw

    Even though this an article about Christopher McQuarrie as a directing option, his writing credits are mentioned and I’m curious as to why it’s never mentioned that Christopher McQuarrie scripted what is arguably one of the best thrillers of all time, The Usual Suspects, and won an Oscar for it, too boot.

    I’m skeptical of Jack Reacher, but I have faith in his upcoming written projects. But Brad Bird did do a surprisingly excellent job with Ghost Protocol, so it definitely is going to be tricky to follow up.

  • murphyslaw

    Even though this an article about Christopher McQuarrie as a directing option, his writing credits are mentioned and I\’m curious as to why it\’s never mentioned that Christopher McQuarrie scripted what is arguably one of the best thrillers of all time, The Usual Suspects, and won an Oscar for it, too boot.

    I\’m skeptical of Jack Reacher, but I have faith in his upcoming written projects. But Brad Bird did do a surprisingly excellent job with Ghost Protocol, so it definitely is going to be tricky to follow up.

  • Spock Jenkins

    Bring on the SYNDICATE ( the IMF’s arch-nemesis ), that’s what I say…

    Funny, I’ve heard people crticising MI4 because they didn’t like the ‘Ocean’s 11′ type confidence tricks…umm, I can only assume these people never watched the classic tv show – it was ALL ABOUT the Confidence Tricks, duh!

  • Rez

    The Way of the Gun is perhaps the greatest overlooked film of the past 15 years. Brilliant and anyone who hasn’t seen it should check it out, it’s on Netflix and well worth a watch.

  • Rez

    The Way of the Gun is perhaps the greatest overlooked film of the past 15 years. Brilliant and anyone who hasn\’t seen it should check it out, it\’s on Netflix and well worth a watch.

  • Nomis1700

    Please, use IMAX camera’s once more!!!

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  • TQB

    They need to reboot this franchise and get rid of Cruise.

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