Christopher McQuarrie Will Direct ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

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After directing the unsuccessful The Way of the Gun in 2000, it took Oscar-winning writer/director Christopher McQuarrie some twelve years to return to the director’s chair with the moderately successful Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise.

Fortunately for McQuarrie fans, we won’t have to wait another twelve years to see one of his films, as the director will be reteaming with Cruise for the highly-anticipated Mission: Impossible 5.

McQuarrie confirmed the news on Monday via his own Twitter account:

Cruise then retweeted McQuarrie, adding: “It’s Confirmed!”

Paramount Pictures has issued a press release on the project (read it here), which is being written by Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce. Cruise issued the following statement praising his Jack Reacher director and expressing his enthusiasm for this re-teaming:

“I am thrilled to reunite with Chris for the latest installment in the ‘Mission’ series. 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.”

McQuarrie has been circling this gig for nearly a year now, but those rumors coincided with the news that McQuarrie had signed on to adapt, produce and direct a big-screen version of the 2009 British mini-series Unforgiven (unrelated to the classic Clint Eastwood Western). Unforgiven has supposedly been a priority for McQuarrie, but with the Cruise-starring sci-fi actioner Oblivion underperforming this summer, one wonders what its status is at this point.

Along with Unforgiven, McQuarrie was reportedly in talks to write and direct Without Remorse, an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s novel of the same name. The project would apparently be a follow-up to Jack Ryan, a reboot of Clancy’s spy franchise starring Chris Pine as the lead character.

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Christopher McQuarrie directing Tom Cruise in ‘Jack Reacher’

Kevin Costner was confirmed to appear in both films as mentor character William Harper, but it’s a safe bet that the studio will adopt a wait-and-see position on the reboot before charging ahead with Without Remorse. Since the studio in question is Paramount, who also owns the rights to the Mission: Impossible franchise, they’ll either wait for McQuarrie to complete M:I5 before going into Without Remorse or hand it off to a different director (which is more likely, especially if Jack Ryan takes off.)

While it’s nice to have the official word on this, it doesn’t really come as much of a surprise. Given Cruise’s close working relationship with McQuarrie – besides Jack Reacher, McQuarrie worked with Cruise on Valkyrie and the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow – and the continued rumors of his involvement with the fifth Mission: Impossible installment, it was just a matter of waiting until the deal was ironed out.

That said, McQuarrie’s incisive directing style and attention to detail will be a welcome addition to the the Mission: Impossible franchise. To his credit, Cruise is definitely committed to bringing wildly different directors into the fold and allowing them to create something wholly their own.

With Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol proving not only the biggest hit of the franchise so far – and with a $700 million worldwide take, the biggest hit of Cruise’s career – it may seem strange on the surface that he has tapped McQuarrie, but it it could turn out to be a smart move that yields something special.


Mission: Impossible 5 is expected to hit theaters in 2015.

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  1. Mission Impossible rocks.

  2. I know they’re changing directors each film….but Brad Bird did an excellent job with Ghost Protocol. I’d like for him to just helm all the films.

    • I agree, he did really well with Ghost Protocol. Not really into the Mission Impossible films but that one I thoroughly enjoyed. Isn’t also the first time Brad Bird worked on a live action film?

      • Yup.

  3. Jack Reacher was great. Definitely excited to see what McQuarrie does with Mission Impossible. :)

    • A Tom cruise vehicle…that s what he will bring because that s what tc wants
      Mi4 worked because the team part was unprecedentedly important: Jeremy renner part was almost as big as Tom cruise. And althought it worked he thinks he can tweak it just so much it becomes a vehicle for his ego once again. Mcquarrie owes cruise his revival he will do whatever is asked from him.

    • I’m pretty sure we can expect realistic gunplay. McQuarrie’s Way of the Gun is one of the best movies in that regard and he did a good job with Jack Reacher there as well.

  4. I liked brad bird’s movie I’m sure mcquarrie will do a good job

  5. That movie should have been called “Jack Reacharound”.

  6. Jack Reacher was awesome, I mean he beat some one with another mans head.. thats gotta count for something right haha.

  7. Awesome… more Tom Cruise running scenes.

    Ghost Protocol was good until the very end.

    Bad Guy: “I know… I’ll just kill myself instead of staying alive to ensure the case doesn’t get used to stop the missile.”

    Worst. Strategy. Ever.

    The look on his face as he watched his plans being foiled before he died: “Oh… yeah, that was dumb.”

    But I’ll still watch… duhn duhn duhn duhn duhn duhn duhda da… duhda da….

    • @Big Nerd.

      Come on Man, how many uses for an automated parking garage have you seen utilized in movies?

      I think that is a well of untapped potential.

      • They need to go to Tokyo, king of automated car parks….. the could have Bow Wow’s Hulk Touran from FF3:TD parked up. lol

  8. Are any of these Missions truly impossible?

  9. Looking forward to this. I enjoyed Jack Reacher a bit, though I felt it dragged in a couple of parts, both the action scenes and Tom Cruise were awesome in it.

  10. @Moo:

    Heh… the parking garage scenes were great just until that last part.

    And Tom Cruise needs to work out more if he can’t physically beat Michael Nyqvist.

    Who’s going to be the villain in the next one? George Lazenby?

  11. Sorry, but as a fan of the Reacher novels, I thought the movie was terrible. One Shot was a great book and they blew it with the movie. For instance, the first chapter describes the sniper kills without revealing who the shooter really was, creating doubt as to whether the accused was really guilty. The movie just shows you who the shooter is right away, I was shocked.

    • That would have been better. Such a shame he removed that element of mystery. I imagine MI:1 would have been really bad if they showed Jim and his wife eliminating the IMF team from the get go. Dammit now I’m worries about MI5.

  12. Drew pearce may write in MI5 that ethan hunt really is not a spy but an actor
    pretending to be one for the first 4 movies and behold that melissa mcccarthy is his
    hot wife, LOL.

  13. If mission impossible 5 comes out that will just rock the world. Definitely worth making a mission impossible 5 with my favourite actor of all time Tom cruise.