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Official: Director Christopher McQuarrie Accepts 'Mission: Impossible 5'

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August 5, 2013
Source: Twitter

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After being reported as the top choice last fall to direct Mission: Impossible 5 for Paramount Pictures, Valkyrie and Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie will reateam with star Tom Cruise to continue the spy action franchise. The writer and director took to Twitter to announce the news by simply writing, "Mission: Accepted." This past June, his involvement seemed questionable since he just signed on to write, direct and produce a film adaptation of the UK miniseries Unforgiven, a project that he was once on board to write the film in 2010 and is clearly passionate about. But now everything has fallen into place.

The previous plan was to start shooting Mission: Impossible 5 this fall, maybe for a winter release like Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol in 2011, but we're not sure what Paramount plans to do. J.J. Abrams is producing once again through his Bad Robot banner along with David Ellison's Skydance Productions, who co-financed and executive produced the aforementioned sequel directed by Brad Bird. This time the script comes from Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce, so hopefully he can bring some of the style and originality he brought to the Marvel franchise into the world of the Impossible Mission Force. Sound good?

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

I thought Bryan Singer directed Valkyrie. Was there another one recently or was that a mistake?

Me Again on Aug 5, 2013

2

Correct. McQuarrie wrote Valkyrie, but has only directed Jack Reacher and The Way Of The Gun (According to IMDB)

esbanks303 on Aug 5, 2013

3

He wrote and directed way of the gun. He adapted the book for reacher.

Tom on Aug 5, 2013

4

You are correct. Singer did direct, as others have stated. I'm sure Ethan meant to add "writer" after the word Valkyrie.

Quanah on Aug 5, 2013

5

Is this yet ANOTHER movie that will be released in the uber-crowded 2015 line-up?

Chris Groves on Aug 5, 2013

6

I love this series. Ball of Fun.

DAVIDPD on Aug 5, 2013

7

he's a fantastic director, who wrote whit and grit to way of the gun and jack reacher which could have totally been middling action films otherwise.

Linkfx on Aug 5, 2013

8

Why rookie directors?

David on Aug 5, 2013

9

He is no rookie my friend, he has worked on many great movies, maybe not all of them as a director but he knows what he is doing. Get your facts straight.

Akwasi Asabere on Aug 5, 2013

10

Loved Way of the Gun. I hope he does well here, because honestly I haven't cared for any of the sequels. Loved the first one, and Ghost Protocol was decent.

grimjob on Aug 5, 2013

11

This is great news. I loved jack reacher, I'm a fan of the books and I loved the the movie. It'll be interesting to see what he does with Mission Impossible.

Cs on Aug 6, 2013

12

Was Ghost Protocol supposed to be Cruise's last run in M.I... or do I remember incorrectly?

Ayotunde Afolabi on Aug 6, 2013

13

OK, but bring back Ving Rhames instead of the awful mugging Simon Pegg. Mission Impossible movies aren't comedies.

cobrazombie on Aug 7, 2013

14

McQuarrie didn't direct Valkyrie...he just wrote it. Bryan Singer directed.

Sean on Aug 8, 2013

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