Christopher McQuarrie Eyed to Direct ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

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There’s never been any reason to doubt that Paramount will eventually make Mission: Impossible 5, not after director Brad Bird’s fourth installment (subtitled Ghost Protocol) grossed $695 million worldwide in theaters and put the franchise back on good terms with critics and casual moviegoers alike; rather, it’s always been a question of when, not if, for that reason.

While there were previously plans for Cruise to headline Top Gun 2 before taking on a fifth Mission, the tragic death of director Tony Scott has led the former sequel to be scrapped (at least, for the foreseeable future). Hence, the Mission franchise star/producer has begun considering landmarks that could serve as set pieces in the fifth installment; not to mention, initiated the process for nailing down both a screenwriter (or more) and director.

Deadline is reporting that Cruise and J.J. Abrams (who became a series producer after directing Mission: Impossible III) have their eye on Oscar-winning filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie to helm the fifth Mission flick. McQuarrie, in case you hadn’t noticed, has now become one of Cruise’s most trusted collaborators, after scripting the star’s WWII thriller Valkyrie and doing some uncredited revisions on the Ghost Protocol screenplay. Moreover, McQuarrie (who won his Academy Award for writing The Usual Suspects) had done work on the Top Gun sequel and did some polishing on the script for the currently-shooting Cruise vehicle All You Need Is Kill.

Of course, McQuarrie also directed Cruise in the potential franchise-starter Jack Reacher (which arrives next month). It’s that collaboration between the pair that has generated interest in having McQuarrie onboard to helm Mission: Impossible 5 amongst executives over at Paramount and Skydance Productions – which, as it were, are not only behind both Jack Reacher and the Mission movies, but also set McQuarrie to oversee the Tom Clancy novel adaptation Without Remorse at some point in the future (small world, isn’t it?).

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Tom Cruise as ‘Jack Reacher’

We’re still waiting to find out whether or not your average moviegoer goes for Cruise’s interpretation of the Reacher character, as complaints from fans of Lee Child’s books are well-documented at this point; still, based on the trailer footage, McQuarrie seems positioned to deliver a worthy (if somewhat derivative) investigative thriller on its own terms. While it’s true that his directorial debut, The Way of the Gun, earned a mixed reception overall, McQuarrie had more than ten years of additional experience to draw from for Jack Reacher – and, in turn, would have even more for Mission: Impossible 5.

That’s all to say, McQuarrie directing the fifth Mission: Impossible film seems like a reasonable proposition for now. However, we reserve the right to change that tune after Jack Reacher releases – whether for better or worse – since, at that time, it should be easier to gauge how he would approach the movie visually (or, rather, in comparison to what other filmmakers with better-established styles have brought to this franchise in the past).

Source: Deadline

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  1. Yawn……..

    • Good now maybe you’ll stop talking.

      • U mad bro?

  2. I agree Sandy, until we see Jack Reacher it’s kind of hard to guage what to expect from McQuarrie. It’s been a while since seeing Way of the Gun and it was the guys 1st job directing so it’s not really fair to judge based on that.
    But if he does get the job he’s in a hard spot. Bard Bird knocked it out of the park with MI:GP.

  3. Big fan of Christopher McQuarrie. Way of the Gun is still one of my favorite movies. His recent filmography sound a little like selling out, but hoping that it will lead to more work that breaks the rules of convention.

  4. Interesting to see what approach they’ll take with MI5 in terms of tone and style. Each installment seems to have its own flavor.

  5. MI5 not to be confused with MI5 the secret British intelligence agency… The follow up MI6 whould also not be confused with the other even more secret British foreign intelligence agency from such films as the James Bond franchise.

    • @Xandra.

      Not really a secret, MI5 is located at the Thames House, on the east side of the Thames River.

      No secret at all, they are even listed in the Phonebook over there.

  6. Just a thought but, was doesn’t Thomas Mapother IV (aka Tom Cruise) just make a bunch of generic no name “pissed off spy/ mad CIA agent/crazy cop” movies with no name characters, then the studio’s can just add titles and character names to them afterwords. I mean after all, all his “movies” look the same anyway right? I mean he does play the same guy in every movie, right? I know, I know, he’s just a great actor playing the parts people demand. Right.

    • I was just thinking that. Unless the story is REALLY original and well executed like Minority Report, pretty much ALL Tom Cruise characters are EXACTLY the same. He’s like an android with limited emotion and facial expression programs. He just kinda mugs for the camera. Oh, and he’s crazy and belongs to a religious cult in real life. I mean the guy claims he can move s**t with his mind- just not his face into a realistic representation of human emotion.

  7. Tom Cruise can play a CIA Agent who teams up with his daughter, played by Kristen Stewart and the movie will be called

    The Expressionless