Oscar-winning screenwriter/director Christopher McQuarrie has now directed Tom Cruise twice, in the hard-boiled mystery/thriller Jack Reacher and the daredevil espionage adventure Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. McQuarrie also co-wrote the actor's sci-fi action/thriller Edge of Tomorrow, and took on script writing duties for director Bryan Singer's Cruise-headlined WWII drama/thriller, Valkyrie.
The pair's relationship has proven to be a fruitful one, suffice it to say, so it wasn't a huge shock when reports emerged that Mission: Impossible 6 might be directed by McQuarrie, too. The news is now official - or, rather, the next thing to it - as McQuarrie has confirmed that he will be calling the shots on Cruise's next mission as IMF agent Ethan Hunt.
It was previously reported that McQuarrie would direct Mission: Impossible 6 from his own screenplay, much like how he called the shots on both Jack Reacher and Rogue Nation while drawing from his own scripts, too. McQuarrie didn't clarify if that would be the case when he confirmed his involvement with the next Mission: Impossible installment through his Twitter account (see his post below), but it's safe to assume that will be the case, until proven otherwise.
Mission: Accepted #MI6
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) November 30, 2015
Paramount reportedly has a holding option for Rogue Nation breakout star Rebecca Ferguson to reprise her role as Ilsa Faust for Mission: Impossible 6. That's no doubt welcome news to not just moviegoers who enjoyed Ferguson's performance in Rogue Nation, but also those who've been waiting for a woman to be added to the recurring Mission: Impossible cast ensemble. Indeed, seeing as Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames are all expected to return in some capacity for the next installment too, the sixth Mission: Impossible 6 could be the first in the franchise that sees Ethan with the exact same team of agents that he's worked with before.
McQuarrie is the first director to work on multiple Mission: Impossible films. That may raise a warning flag for moviegoers who liked how the previous Mission: Impossible installments were each crafted by different filmmakers - each of whom, in turn, had very different approaches to not just the Ethan Hunt character, but also the franchise's tone. Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible offers more psychological thrills, for example, whereas Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has a cartoon adventure vibe; Rogue Nation, by comparison, adds some gristle - and a dash of self-awareness - to both Hunt's world and his death-defying stunts, in turn.
That said, McQuarrie has said that he was conscious about not merely rehashing what's been done on the franchise before while making Rogue Nation, and he will no doubt carry over that same mindset to Mission: Impossible 6. While Rogue Nation was a strong addition to the series on the whole, there was still room for improvement - for example, not everyone in Hunt's team was given equal opportunity to shine - and by returning for the sixth installment, McQuarrie now has a chance to improve his work as a director in those areas, too.
Mission: Impossible 6 is expected to begin production in Summer 2016. We'll let you know when it gets an official release date.
Source: Christopher McQuarrie