Mission: Impossible 5 Lands a Writer, Possibly McQuarrie to Direct

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Movie ImageChristopher McQuarrie is said to be “in discussions” to direct the fifth installment in Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible” franchise, which would re-team him with Cruise post-“Jack Reacher”. McQuarrie is a busy man, with a lot on his plate (including writing and directing a remake of “Ice Station Zebra”), but directing a sure-thing hit like “MI5″ is probably something he’s not very keen on passing up, especially since it’s with his pal Tom.

More certain is Drew Pearce, who has landed scripting duties on the upcoming sequel. Pearce is coming off Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3″, where he shares co-writing credit with Black, and also has Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” and the upcoming “Sherlock Holmes 3″ among his credits.

Of course, McQuarrie being a writer/director himself, I suspect he’ll be tinkering with the script long after Pearce is finished. If he actually signs on to direct, that is.

Cruise is expected to accept his latest assignment from the IMF once he wraps up Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from UNCLE” big-screen adaptation for Warner Bros.

The last “Mission Impossible” movie grossed just a shade under $700 million worldwide, and over $200 million of that coming from domestic moviegoers. This, back when studio heads thought Cruise’s days as an A-list leading man was over, and Jeremy Renner was being groomed to take over. Wow, that didn’t quite work out, huh? It worked out just fine for Cruise, of course, but not so much Renner, who has been the “replacement action hero” in two series now, “Mission: Impossible” and the “Bourne” franchise, and it doesn’t look like either one has panned out.

Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011) Movie Image

Via : THR