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Christopher McQuarrie is now the frontrunner to direct Mission: Impossible 5

Nov. 14, 2012by: Paul Shirey

It looks like the next installment of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise is gaining some steam, as Paramount, J.J. Abrams, and Tom Cruise are keen on bringing in writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, who just wrapped JACK REACHER with Cruise.  It's not the first time the two have collaborated, with McQuarrie writing VALKYRIE and developing the now dead TOP GUN 2 for Cruise. 

McQuarrie is perhaps best known for THE USUAL SUSPECTS, which he wrote and Bryan Singer directed, catapulting both of them into the spotlight.  McQuarrie went on to direct the supremely underrated THE WAY OF THE GUN in 2000, but hasn't directed anything else until this December's JACK REACHER.  However, in the last few years, McQuarrie has been banging away on the keyboard, churning out scripts for Singer's JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, THE WOLVERINE, and Cruise's currently filming ALL YOU NEED IS KILL with director Doug Liman.  He's also in development on an adaptation of Tom Clancy's long-gestating WITHOUT REMORSE.

Heading into the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise could be the massive breakout for the writer/director, launching him into the A-list.  For Cruise, it seems he's found a strong collaborator and is applying the "if it aint' broke" model to the relationship.  Personally, I love the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, with the latest, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL being my favorite of the series thus far.  I welcome as many as they can make, as long as they continue to progress as they have.

More as this develops.

Cruise and McQuarrie's JACK REACHER hits theaters on December 21, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: Are you game for more M:I flicks? Who would you like to see direct one?
Source: Deadline

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4:26PM on 11/15/2012
As long as the movie is as good as Ghost Protocol, I'm game.
As long as the movie is as good as Ghost Protocol, I'm game.
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5:04AM on 11/15/2012
Not bad a choice at all.
Not bad a choice at all.
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6:29PM on 11/14/2012

Heh, I called this a while back.

I said McQuarrie should either step in to direct Top Gun 2 for Scott, or do the next Mission: Impossible. Guess I can't complain that it turned out to be the latter. He's a good writer and Jack Reacher has good buzz, so this could be a great combo.
I said McQuarrie should either step in to direct Top Gun 2 for Scott, or do the next Mission: Impossible. Guess I can't complain that it turned out to be the latter. He's a good writer and Jack Reacher has good buzz, so this could be a great combo.
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6:28PM on 11/14/2012

Heh, I called this a while back.

I said McQuarrie should either step in to direct Top Gun 2 for Scott, or do the next Mission: Impossible. Guess I can't complain that it turned out to be the latter. He's a good writer and Jack Reacher has good buzz, so this could be a great combo.
I said McQuarrie should either step in to direct Top Gun 2 for Scott, or do the next Mission: Impossible. Guess I can't complain that it turned out to be the latter. He's a good writer and Jack Reacher has good buzz, so this could be a great combo.
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4:46PM on 11/14/2012
now dead Top Gun 2? Say it aint so!! :( Yea This series just seems to get better with each one so I say bring em on!! I didn't know Brian Singer directed The Usual Suspects. SWEET!
now dead Top Gun 2? Say it aint so!! :( Yea This series just seems to get better with each one so I say bring em on!! I didn't know Brian Singer directed The Usual Suspects. SWEET!
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4:10PM on 11/14/2012
Hell yeah. McQuarrie was my pick for the cast this director
Hell yeah. McQuarrie was my pick for the cast this director
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2:53PM on 11/14/2012
I'm all for McQuarrie, Shane Black could be a cool addition to the franchise....
I'm all for McQuarrie, Shane Black could be a cool addition to the franchise....
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2:23PM on 11/14/2012

Fingers crossed...

they do as good a job as Brad Bird and 2nd U.D. Dan Bradley did on Ghost Protocol. Man, that film was a lot of fun!
they do as good a job as Brad Bird and 2nd U.D. Dan Bradley did on Ghost Protocol. Man, that film was a lot of fun!
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2:04PM on 11/14/2012

M:I:5

So, Christopher McQuarrie is nearing the director's chair for Mission 5, which means Cruise is pretty much directing it then, like Reacher. Make peace with Carnahan and bring him in again to do the one we all had a go at.
So, Christopher McQuarrie is nearing the director's chair for Mission 5, which means Cruise is pretty much directing it then, like Reacher. Make peace with Carnahan and bring him in again to do the one we all had a go at.
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6:29PM on 11/14/2012
"the one we all had a go at"? Huh? Last I heard, Carnahan was on board for MI:3 with Carrie-Anne Moss as the love interest. That was like a decade ago. He might make a decent MI film, but his track record as a director is uneven. And I'm really confused by your one-we-had-a-go-at comment.
"the one we all had a go at"? Huh? Last I heard, Carnahan was on board for MI:3 with Carrie-Anne Moss as the love interest. That was like a decade ago. He might make a decent MI film, but his track record as a director is uneven. And I'm really confused by your one-we-had-a-go-at comment.
6:29PM on 11/14/2012
"the one we all had a go at"? Huh? Last I heard, Carnahan was on board for MI:3 with Carrie-Anne Moss as the love interest. That was like a decade ago. He might make a decent MI film, but his track record as a director is uneven. And I'm really confused by your one-we-had-a-go-at comment.
"the one we all had a go at"? Huh? Last I heard, Carnahan was on board for MI:3 with Carrie-Anne Moss as the love interest. That was like a decade ago. He might make a decent MI film, but his track record as a director is uneven. And I'm really confused by your one-we-had-a-go-at comment.
1:45PM on 11/14/2012

Genius.

McQuarrie is the shit. He will RULE MI:3. He's the perfect blend of outsider and classic director. I for one hope against hope that this happens.
McQuarrie is the shit. He will RULE MI:3. He's the perfect blend of outsider and classic director. I for one hope against hope that this happens.
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1:45PM on 11/14/2012
I am definitely interested in McQuarrie. He has always kind of been on my radar ever since Way of the Gun. I would be interested to see where he wants to go with MI-5
I am definitely interested in McQuarrie. He has always kind of been on my radar ever since Way of the Gun. I would be interested to see where he wants to go with MI-5
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1:41PM on 11/14/2012
I'm hugely excited for the next sequel cause they just keeping getting bigger, better and fresher with each new movie. That's a big advantage when you use new directors for each one (can't say the same for TWILIGHT unfortunately). I'd still love to see Joe Carnahan, David Fincher or Doug Jones take one on.
I'm hugely excited for the next sequel cause they just keeping getting bigger, better and fresher with each new movie. That's a big advantage when you use new directors for each one (can't say the same for TWILIGHT unfortunately). I'd still love to see Joe Carnahan, David Fincher or Doug Jones take one on.
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