The news doesn’t come as much as a surprise as the fourth installment, 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, pulled in nearly $695 million at the box office.
No official word yet as to anyone writing and/or directing the film, but the rumored favorite for the combined gig is Christopher McQuarrie, who performed the same duties on Cruise’s Jack Reacher released earlier this year. Of course, Jack Reacher was only McQuarrie’s second feature as a director, so the studio may be reluctant to hand over the reigns of their multimillion dollar franchise to him. But if he has formed a strong enough working relationship with Cruise, I am sure that the star will be able to throw his weight around to get him the gig.
Whoever gets the job of writing the film will have some time to get the screenplay into shape. The next two projects Cruise has on his schedule are the big screen adaptation of The Man From UNCLE with Armie Hammer and the Warner Brothers’s sci-fi epic Yukikaze.