Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has collaborated with Tom Cruise on a number of movies over the last couple of years and now that partnership will extend through at least another film. The director commented on twitter today that he will be taking the reigns on the fifth installment of the Tom Cruise-starring franchise Mission: Impossible.
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) August 5, 2013
Cruise hopped online shortly thereafter to confirm.
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) August 5, 2013
Previously, McQuarrie supplied the screenplay for the Cruise real-life Hitler assassination thriller Valkyrie and scripted and directed last year’s Cruise-starring Jack Reacher. The pair re-teamed for the science-fiction thriller Edge of Tomorrow which is due out next year.
It was last November when McQuarrie’s name was first floated as possible taking the director’s chair for MI5, but when Warner Brothers hired him to head up their remake of the Cold War submarine thriller Ice Station Zebra this past May, it was thought that he was out of the running. At this time, it is not known as to which project will go ahead first, but I suspect that if Warners insisted, Ice Station Zebra would be in front of the cameras first as they would have first position for the director’s services.
Currently Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce is working on the screenplay for Mission: Impossible 5, though I would not be surprised if McQuarrie took a pass through the script before filming starts.