‘Mission: Impossible 5′ Hires ‘Call of Duty’ Series Writer

Published 12 months ago by , Updated May 10th, 2014 at 11:31 pm,

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Perennial movie megastar Tom Cruise has had a somewhat uneven box office run in the past few years, with such disparate vehicles like 2012′s Jack Reacher and Rock of Ages underperforming, although the former film racked up hefty profits overseas (enough to keep talk of a sequel alive). Last year’s Oblivion was Cruise’s first foray into proper science-fiction since 2005′s War of the Worlds, and while we liked it, the film couldn’t break even in the U.S.

Cruise is headlining the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow, but after a run of non-hits, he is returning to his most lucrative franchise, producing and starring in Mission: Impossible 5. As a producer, Cruise has hired different directors for each film, and with The Incredibles mastermind Brad Bird at the helm of 2011′s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, that film became the top-grossing film of the franchise and Cruise’s career.

The next installment of the series has Jack Reacher writer-director Christopher McQuarrie aboard, with Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce handling script duties. With the film scheduled for a Christmas 2015 release date and a potential co-star in the form of Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica ChastainM:I 5 was thought to be ready to enter production or even shooting by now.

However, a new report from Coming Soon suggests that pre-production on M:I5 isn’t over just yet. Screenwriter Will Staples has evidently been hired to take another pass at Drew Pearce’s script, the plot for which is still tightly under wraps. It’s currently unknown just how much or how little of Pearce’s take Staples has rewritten.

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Staples is best known as a video game writer, having crafted the story behind the 2011 juggernaut Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as well as Need for Speed: Rivals. Since making the jump to screenwriting, Staples has several projects in development, including crime story King of Heists, which still presumably has Ghost Protocol‘s  Jeremy Renner attached to star, and an as-yet untitled African-set geopolitical thriller intended as a directing and starring vehicle for Ben Affleck.

This news suggests that fans should possibly expect a shift in tone away from the fun and in-your-face, Saturday-morning cartoon spirit of Ghost Protocol toward something at least nominally grounded and realistic. Director J.J. Abrams delivered a somewhat dark and often tragedy-themed entry into the series with Mission: Impossible III, which Brad Bird’s sequel turned away from.

Staples’ Call of Duty credit could mean a more militaristic-minded M:I 5, too, and while a globe-trotting series of elaborate set-pieces are to be expected, the next entry sounds like it could marry director McQuarrie’s tough, straight forward style with a plot anchored in geopolitical current events.

Will Staples’ involvement mean a shift in the release date? Stay tuned for more details as they surface.


Mission: Impossible 5 is currently slated for a December 25, 2015 release.

Source: Coming Soon

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  1. I feel that Ghost Protocol is the most entertaining of the MI series so far,
    so I hope that the fifth film keeps the same fun and lighter tone as it had.

  2. Not surprised that someone is polishing drew pearce script. He probably has ethan hunt sayimg he
    is not ethan hunt but actually a fat guy named tom arnold.

  3. Ugh, I don’t want anyone who has worked on COD near any script

  4. Abandon ship.

  5. CoD actually has pretty thrilling campaign story. I don’t buy into the cod games any more but I give credit where it’s due. My guess is that Paramount wants to go for a 3-D action spectacle. The MI series is well deserving of eye popping visuals.

  6. My brother won’t be happy with this news, he thinks COD got terrible after the first Modern Warfare.

    Oh well, it’s Mission Impossible so I’ll give it a shot.

  7. Another Mission: Impossible movie? Well, I’ll watch it on Netflix, although none of them have really been anything special as far as my tastes go so far. Call of Duty? I’ll watch that too on Netflix, plus also that as-yet-untitled-African geopolitical thriller. Sometimes those flicks are enjoyable, and once in awhile darned good.

    • Yeah have fun watching COD on Netflix mate, considering its a game

    • Lol, CoD is a computer game! You wont be watching that on Netflix.

      • It is currently a game, but there is talk of doing a movie based on it. Nothing is really confirmed as far as I know, though, so far just kind of Hollywood speculation. Hollywood generally has way more ideas than financial backers, interest, etc. Lots of movie proposals never come to fruitation (sometimes or the good, sometimes for the bad).

      • Lol there making a cod movie lol lol lol ha haha lol.

  8. um, how about no.

  9. He’s written four games, the only moderately good one being Need for Speed: Rivals, and that game doesn’t exactly need a great writer.

  10. Given the complete lack of an interesting story to the CoD games since CoD2, this does not look good.

  11. Wow, RIP Mission Impossible…

  12. You mean to say Call of Duty has a writer? There’s cereal boxes with more interesting stories then Call of Duty, you mean to say this counts as part of my five a day? You don’t say Kelloggs!

  13. The story will be 40 minutes long and gonna be vague. No actual beginning and end. Just a middle. Like every war game ever made.

  14. Why anyone thinks that MI:5 without Brad Bird will be any good is beyond me..?

  15. So I guess this means that Ethan Hunt will be running around the whole movie with a dog as a sidekick.

  16. So this film will be almost exactly the same as the previous films but with a differnet map pack? :)

  17. They should have hired Stephen Mcfeely and Christopher Markus.