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Cast This: Who should direct Mission Impossible 5?

Nov. 9, 2012by:

Since Brad Bird has decided to give another director the chance to direct MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5. I guess it's our turn to decide whose vision we'd like to see next.

Now I was a little sad inside to hear that Bird would not take on the next film in the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE franchise, however, I completely understand why he moved on. The franchise has never belonged to one certain director. Is Tom Cruise back as Ethan Hunt? Okay, we're there. Will there be action, a decent storyline, big stunts, and some pretty hot ladies? Sure. Okay, I should just go ahead and buy my ticket. You may not enjoy every MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film, but you do wind up seeing them.

Bird was right in thinking that another director needed to share his thoughts and ideas on the next film. You want to find someone who will put their own spin on it. As I said, so long as the usual player(s) is there, then there's not much that could go wrong. I know that some people were divided on MI: 2 and MI: 3, but that's any sequel for you. Previous directors to the series in addition is Bird are, Brian De Palma, John Woo, and J.J. Abrams. Each director had their own vibe, but Ethan Hunt was always himself.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is finding the next director for MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5!

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': WHO SHOULD DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

1. Brad Bird 2. Steven Spielberg 3. Duncan Jones

You guys were very thoughtful with your choices. A good majority wrote out why they chose a certain director. Many of you made two lists as well. The results spoke much of everyone's overall feelings on the subject. Brad Bird came in first. He was your obvious choice and one you could live with. Spielberg was second, nearly first, and was your dream pick. Then finally came newbie, Duncan Jones, who everyone thought would breathe new life into the franchise. Great work, guys! I loved reading all of these!

Extra Tidbit: Oh, and let's never invite anyone like Limp Bizkit to get near the soundtrack.
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10:03PM on 11/11/2012
Paul Greengrass ..... Bourne without the shakiness :)
Paul Greengrass ..... Bourne without the shakiness :)
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6:37PM on 11/11/2012
Joe Carnahan would be the bomb.
Joe Carnahan would be the bomb.
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4:53PM on 11/11/2012
You know who coulda been a great director for this...Mel Gibson, but that probably won't happen. Guy Ritchie - Tom dug 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' after all.
You know who coulda been a great director for this...Mel Gibson, but that probably won't happen. Guy Ritchie - Tom dug 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' after all.
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12:51AM on 11/11/2012

Edgar Wright

How about the man that directed one of the best action films of the 2000s
Edgar Wright
How about the man that directed one of the best action films of the 2000s
Edgar Wright
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8:25AM on 11/10/2012

JOHN HYAMS

he puts so much energy in his movies its time for him to take on a bigger project.
he puts so much energy in his movies its time for him to take on a bigger project.
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11:20PM on 11/09/2012

Tarantino

as he expressed his interest in doing a Spy thriller based on Len Deighton's Spy novels and he also tried to do Casino Royale.if he makes it like a thrilling ride film like Kill Bill vol.1,it would be awesome.Tom cruise-QT combo will be great
as he expressed his interest in doing a Spy thriller based on Len Deighton's Spy novels and he also tried to do Casino Royale.if he makes it like a thrilling ride film like Kill Bill vol.1,it would be awesome.Tom cruise-QT combo will be great
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4:46PM on 11/11/2012
I think that might be one ego too many.
I think that might be one ego too many.
11:12PM on 11/09/2012
Duncan Jones or David Yates...
Duncan Jones or David Yates...
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10:16PM on 11/09/2012
Shane Black...If he isn't too busy with Death Note.
Shane Black...If he isn't too busy with Death Note.
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9:09PM on 11/09/2012
I'd choose a director Cruise has worked with before. Michael Mann (Collateral), Bryan Singer (Valkyrie), or Ed Zwick (Last Samurai). They'd each give a different type of Mission Impossible film, but I'm sure each would be awesome.
I'd choose a director Cruise has worked with before. Michael Mann (Collateral), Bryan Singer (Valkyrie), or Ed Zwick (Last Samurai). They'd each give a different type of Mission Impossible film, but I'm sure each would be awesome.
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7:43PM on 11/09/2012

Tom Cruise

He's smarter than 99% of Hollywood. Time to take the plunge and direct one himself.
He's smarter than 99% of Hollywood. Time to take the plunge and direct one himself.
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6:40PM on 11/09/2012

Frank Darabont

A man with a great drama and horror record is due to make a great action movie, it would fit right in that void.
It doesn't hurt that performances in his movies are flawless plus he would bring a new flavour to the series, probably closer to the suspense of the first movie.
A man with a great drama and horror record is due to make a great action movie, it would fit right in that void.
It doesn't hurt that performances in his movies are flawless plus he would bring a new flavour to the series, probably closer to the suspense of the first movie.
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6:00PM on 11/09/2012
Martin Campbell
Martin Campbell
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6:00PM on 11/09/2012
Joe Carnahan. My example is The A-Team. So okay, it's not as good as people expected it to be but I had a blast watching that movie. If Carnahan could be the director, maybe he can bring along Liam Neeson as the villain. Think of how awesome it would be to see Cruise Vs. Neeson!
Joe Carnahan. My example is The A-Team. So okay, it's not as good as people expected it to be but I had a blast watching that movie. If Carnahan could be the director, maybe he can bring along Liam Neeson as the villain. Think of how awesome it would be to see Cruise Vs. Neeson!
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3:43PM on 11/11/2012
Cruise vs. Neeson would be a very smart move. It would boost the box office for sure.
Cruise vs. Neeson would be a very smart move. It would boost the box office for sure.
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5:49PM on 11/09/2012

Fincher

Hands down.
Hands down.
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5:46PM on 11/09/2012
Only after seeing LOOPER would i say Rian Johnson. I mean his 3 films are all wildly different from each other, however if you watch looper it's Action film meets sentimentality. It walks the fine line of Sci/Fi Action & Romance. Mi3 was the first real look at Ethan Hunt as a person. Ghost Protocol was a super fun ride that took every "trick" they used in previous mission impossibles and made little jokes out of them ( whoops the Fake Face Mask Machine Broke etc... ). Now I like SuperRO saying
Only after seeing LOOPER would i say Rian Johnson. I mean his 3 films are all wildly different from each other, however if you watch looper it's Action film meets sentimentality. It walks the fine line of Sci/Fi Action & Romance. Mi3 was the first real look at Ethan Hunt as a person. Ghost Protocol was a super fun ride that took every "trick" they used in previous mission impossibles and made little jokes out of them ( whoops the Fake Face Mask Machine Broke etc... ). Now I like SuperRO saying Joe Carnahan in FULL R RATED MODE. However for some consideration and geek banter i propose RIAN Johnson
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5:25PM on 11/09/2012
Joe Carnahan in full R-rated mode...
Joe Carnahan in full R-rated mode...
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5:05PM on 11/09/2012
Double post. Sorry!
Double post. Sorry!
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5:00PM on 11/09/2012

Fun, not Dark and Gritty... and NO shaky cam, plz.

Gareth Evans
Joe Carnahan
Drew Goddard
Martin Campbell
Gareth Evans
Joe Carnahan
Drew Goddard
Martin Campbell
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4:46PM on 11/09/2012
I'd like to see Christopher Nolan have a go at it. And no, that doesn't mean it would have to be dark.
I'd like to see Christopher Nolan have a go at it. And no, that doesn't mean it would have to be dark.
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4:19PM on 11/09/2012

No dark and gritty shit..pls

Martin campbell,Mel Gibson,Neil bloomkamp,Matthew vaughn,David.o.russell,Darren arronofsky,Paul Greengrass,Sam Raimi,Gary Ross,Gore verbenski.
Martin campbell,Mel Gibson,Neil bloomkamp,Matthew vaughn,David.o.russell,Darren arronofsky,Paul Greengrass,Sam Raimi,Gary Ross,Gore verbenski.
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3:14PM on 11/09/2012

and the Director is...

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
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3:03PM on 11/09/2012
I vote Drew Goddard of Cabin in the Woods.
I vote Drew Goddard of Cabin in the Woods.
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2:19PM on 11/09/2012
I still think Bryan Singer or Christopher McQaurrie. But would settle for them writing the story.
I still think Bryan Singer or Christopher McQaurrie. But would settle for them writing the story.
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2:16PM on 11/09/2012
Joe Carnahan. He still owes us one and, unlike David Fincher, I can still see him signing on.

Alternate pics: Neil Burger, Joe Wright or Kim Ji-woon

But please, do not make M:I dark and gritty... at least not while Cruise is on board.
Joe Carnahan. He still owes us one and, unlike David Fincher, I can still see him signing on.

Alternate pics: Neil Burger, Joe Wright or Kim Ji-woon

But please, do not make M:I dark and gritty... at least not while Cruise is on board.
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2:01PM on 11/09/2012
Doug Liman seems like an obvious choice.
Doug Liman seems like an obvious choice.
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1:27PM on 11/09/2012
If we make Mi5 alittle gritter then how about Nicholas Winding Refn (drive). Also there was a article about making movies into a more like Bond style by handing the role to a different actor.

How about Tom Cruise hands over at the end of the movie to a younger Agent taking his name Ethan Hunt?

It would keep the franchise fresh and allow it to carry on without an aging Tom Cruise.
If we make Mi5 alittle gritter then how about Nicholas Winding Refn (drive). Also there was a article about making movies into a more like Bond style by handing the role to a different actor.

How about Tom Cruise hands over at the end of the movie to a younger Agent taking his name Ethan Hunt?

It would keep the franchise fresh and allow it to carry on without an aging Tom Cruise.
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1:45PM on 11/09/2012
Wasn't that supposed to be the point of Jeremy Renner's character? Before everyone realised that actually, Tom Cruise is still doing fine in these movies.
Wasn't that supposed to be the point of Jeremy Renner's character? Before everyone realised that actually, Tom Cruise is still doing fine in these movies.
2:53PM on 11/09/2012
Maybe he took a glance at the box-office numbers and went "HAHA! Screw you Renner, get YOUR OWN FRANCHISE!"
Maybe he took a glance at the box-office numbers and went "HAHA! Screw you Renner, get YOUR OWN FRANCHISE!"
1:23PM on 11/09/2012
Pointless throwing big names out there. Joe Carnahan, Gareth Evans and Duncan Jones all have the potential to make a great Mission: Impossible movie.
Pointless throwing big names out there. Joe Carnahan, Gareth Evans and Duncan Jones all have the potential to make a great Mission: Impossible movie.
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