Drew Pearce has been on quite a roll over the last few years. The screenwriter has lent his talents to a number of high-profile upcoming projects, including Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Sherlock Holmes 3, and, most recently, the blockbuster smash Iron Man 3, which he co-wrote with director Shane Black.

Now, Pearce has agreed to take on another massive franchise: Mission: Impossible. According to a new report, Pearce has been hired to write Mission Impossible 5, the sequel to 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

The Hollywood Reporter was the first to break the news, noting that the film is expected to shoot in the fall after filming Tom Cruise films The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Ghost Protocol was the most successful film in the Mission: Impossible franchise, and Tom Cruise’s most successful film ever, so it will be a tall order for Pearce and company to come up with something that builds on that success. Since it’s Mission: Impossible, though, you can expect plenty of globe-trotting spy action.

With Pearce on board now, and Tom Cruise officially signed on for the film, it’s likely that a director’s announcement is coming soon. Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Tom Cruise in last year’s Jack Reacher, has been a lead contender to direct the film for some time, but he may be busy with other projects, including the submarine thriller Ice Station Zebra.

Screen Rant’s Ben Kendrick gave Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol a four star review, calling the movie “an in-your-face action adventure with a number of enjoyable performances and exciting set pieces.” Hopefully, Pearce can bring some of the same impressive action sensibilities he showed in Iron Man 3 to earn a similar review for MI5.

What do you think of Drew Pearce scripting Mission: Impossible 5? Is it a good choice, or were you one of the people who didn’t like Pearce and Shane Black’s take on Iron Man 3 (like Screen Rant Editor-in-Chief Kofi Outlaw in last week’s podcast)? Let us know in the comments.

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

Source: THR