Christopher McQuarrie tapped to direct new MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film.

'Jack Reacher' Madrid PremiereFollowing in the footsteps of every previous Mission Impossible film, Tom Cruise has nabbed an up and coming director to helm the latest installment of the franchise, Christopher McQuarrie. None of the MI films have had the same director two films in a row, each film using a different genre director to tell the story. Brian DePalma (Scarface, Blow Out), while not an up-and-comer, helmed the first film, followed by John Woo, JJ Abrams, and Brad Bird. Woo had previously only done martial arts action films, Abrams’ only other gig at that point was LOST, and of course Brad Bird having only directed Pixar films, delivered not only the best film of the franchise, but one of the year’s best films in general. 

Which leads us to McQuarrie, who has only directed two films, The Way of The Gun and last year’s blandly underwhelming Jack Reacher. He does, however have writing credits for The Usual SuspectsEven with that one good writing credit, I can’t help but feel a bit bummed out by this booking. The dude just really doesn’t have much good under his belt, and if we’re being real, there is absolutely no way in hell that it can remotely top anything that happened in Ghost ProtocolThere’s a saying in life that goes “Once you’ve swung around the Burj Khalifa, there’s nowhere to go but down”. Maybe I just made that up, but it’s true, AND YOU KNOW IT. Let’s all just try to keep an open mind, however. Who knows, maybe Tom Cruise will film an action scene in SPACE. Can’t get much higher than that, right?

How do you feel about McQuarrie being nabbed for the next film? Are you excited? Are you bummed? Do you not care? You just want the new Mendes helmed Bond film, don’t you? Of course you do! Let’s chat in the comments below! Let me know your thoughts.

HOLLYWOOD, CA (August 5, 2013) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that Christopher McQuarrie will direct the next “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” film.

McQuarrie will direct from a screenplay by Drew Pearce, with Tom Cruise reprising the iconic role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996.  The project will be produced by Cruise through Tom Cruise Productions, Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, who served as producers on previous films in the hit series.  Skydance Productions, who served as co-financers and executive producers of the last installment, will work closely with the team in the development and production process.

“I am thrilled to reunite with Chris for the latest installment in the Mission series,” said Cruise. “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.”

Added Adam Goodman, President of Paramount Film Group: “The Mission series is special for its signature directors; Chris McQuarrie keeps this tradition thriving.”

McQuarrie recently wrote and directed “JACK REACHER” for Paramount and Skydance, with Cruise in the title role, based on the novels by New York Times bestselling author Lee Child.  His screenwriting credits include the upcoming “EDGE OF TOMORROW” and 2008’s “VALKYRIE,” both starring Cruise, as well as “THE USUAL SUSPECTS,” for which he earned an Academy Award® for best screenplay in 1995.

“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL,” the 4th installment in the globally successful franchise, earned nearly $700M around the world and became Cruise’s highest grossing film to date in his storied career.

The “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” franchise has earned more than $2B at the worldwide box office, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

By Richard Pepper

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