Christopher McQuarrie Signs On for Two More Mission: Impossible Sequels


Before Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol came out in back in 2011, there was a lot of talk that it could be Tom Cruise’s final mission and that Jeremy Renner was potentially being groomed to take over the series. Eight years later, however, there have been two more sequels starring Tom Cruise with the most recent, M:I – Fallout, being the most successful of the bunch ($791 million worldwide). Clearly Cruise and his stunt shows are a huge box office draw and now Paramount is putting plans in motion for at least two more installments. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to Variety, Christopher McQuarrie has closed a deal to once again write and direct two more Mission: Impossible movies. Cruise will also return as Ethan Hunt (obviously) and they are aiming to shoot them both back-to-back. The two films are tentatively planned for release in summer 2020 and 2021 respectively.

McQuarrie had previously expressed reluctance to return to the franchise for Fallout but despite a desire to move on to other things he apparently couldn’t turn down the offer. He has been working almost exclusively with Tom Cruise over the past five years (he also helped write the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick) and clearly the partnership has been mutually beneficial. That being said, will the Mission: Impossible series lose something by not switching up directors as they did for the original trilogy? Are you game for two more McQ M:I films?

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  • Lior

    A big part of the strength of this franchise was its use of different directors and styles, so I don’t know what to think. McQuarrie’s entries are solid and bringing him back for Fallout made kind of sense because it’s the direct continuation of Rogue Nation, but the series is becoming more and more a pure showcase of stunts being held by the flimsiest of plots… Fallout already had a non-nonsensical storyline and it was saved solely by the action. I think the earlier films are a bit more interesting because they are all different from one another. I used to think Cruise was switching directors as a franchise philosophy, but perhaps he was just searching for the one he will click with the most. Or maybe both o these statements are true.