Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was the shot in the arm the franchise needed, and while it’s unlikely that Brad Bird will return to direct, star and producer Tom Cruise is obviously looking ahead to the next installment. There are no plot details, but Cruise tells Total Film that he’s always looking out for what could be a good set piece. Says Cruise, “We’re already working on different images. Talking conceptually. I love travelling around promoting different movies because I’m always looking at different places, and I always walk around to see the city. I look at architecture, subways… coming up with different sequences.”
It’s going to be difficult to top the Burj Khalifa, but hopefully Cruise and Co. will come up with something equally spectacular. More importantly, I hope he’ll maintain the new direction of the franchise, which is to have it as team movie backed up by Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg. Cruise will next be seen in the action-thriller Jack Reacher, which opens December 21st.