'Jack Reacher' Director Top Choice to Take on 'Mission: Impossible 5'

November 14, 2012

Christopher McQuarrie

Jack Reacher must be pretty damn good. That's the takeaway here as Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has Christopher McQuarrie as their top choice to take on the next sequel in the Mission: Impossible franchise after directing Tom Cruise in the crime thriller adaptation. The fifth installment in the franchise that started way back in 1996 is in the early stages of development, but writers still need to be hired before making a deal with McQuarrie official. Producer J.J. Abrams (who also directed Mission: Impossible III) and Cruise have both determined that McQuarrie is the man to follow Brad Bird's sequel from last year.

This is a big deal considering the only other film McQuarrie has directed is The Way of the Gun, a film that was not even remotely a hit. That's why it seems like Jack Reacher must really be a solid piece of work. Of course, McQuarrie has proven himself on the writing side with scripts like The Usual Suspects (which won him an Oscar) and Valkyrie with Tom Cruise. In fact, McQuarrie also wrote All You Need is Kill, the sci-fi vehicle with Cruise that just recently debuted a photo with the actor in a giant mech suit. We're not sure how soon this will get off the ground, but since Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was a worldwide hit and proved Tom Cruise still has box office draw, Paramount probably wants it as soon as possible.

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  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    He worked a lot with Tom Cruise. That's probably why he is the top choice, not because Jack Reacher might be that good. And wasn't Tom Cruise supposed to pass the torch to Jeremy Renner? Or he'll only produce this time? Honestly I can't see a M:I being made without Tom Cruise in the lead role, he's too big of a box-office draw. But as we've seen with Star Wars, they'll find a way to make some more. (Even if I might sound like I'm complaining, I'm not.)
    • castingcouch
      Mission: Impossible is still possible without Tom Cruise. A clever team spy movie without a leading egotist on the poster. Cruise's brand is more than a little tarnished these days.
      • Isildur_of_Numenor
        I agree, M:I won't die without Tom Cruise but at this moment (especially after Ghost Protocol) he still brings people in the theaters. I also would like to see a M:I without him in the future.
  • eurogibbon
    Way of the Gun is a great film, regardless of the business it did, and features one of the most mental shootouts ever. I'd rather see McQuarrie doing more stuff like that than family-orientated blockbusters.
    • TheLaughingMan
      I liked Way of the Gun myself and imo best shoot out ever lol
    • grt
      cool film indeed. and that opening scene was brilliant as well.
  • Thexn
    Just playing devil's advocate here, I know Brad Bird has one in the works with the vaguely working title of 1952, but is there a solid reason why he wasn't the first choice to make any possible sequels in the M:I line? I mean, Ghost Protocol was a solid action flick and did great business for the studio, why wouldn't he be first pick? Or did he already get offered the position and turned them down? Just curious here.




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