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Christopher McQuarrie is officially directing Mission: Impossible 5

08.05.2013

After months of speculation that he was the man for the job, Christopher McQuarrie has finally confirmed that he will be the latest in line of directors to helm Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt on an impossible mission. He tweeted the simple "Mission: Accepted" earlier today.

Cruise dropped out of the Guy Ritchie remake THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. starring Armie Hammer to fast-track MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 which is currently on track for a 2014 release. McQuarrie directed Cruise in last year's JACK REACHER and also wrote the screenplay for VALKYRIE starring Cruise. McQuarrie's career as a screenwriter goes all the way back to Bryan Singer's brilliant THE USUAL SUSPECTS.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL was a huge hit from director Brad Bird who many lobbied to return for the fifth film. Instead, Bird went on to TOMORROWLAND leaving the door open for Christopher McQuarrie. While JACK REACHER underperformed, it still did well enough to warrant a potential sequel and gave McQuarrie the credibility to take on such a monumental project like MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5.

While I tolerated JACK REACHER, I don't think McQuarrie brings anything that spectacular to the table as a director. Yes, he is a talented writer, but nothing wowed me about his filmmaking skills. It will also be a huge challenge to tackle the excellent job Brad Bird did on the fourth film. Do you guys think he has the chops?

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1:30AM on 08/07/2013
I voted for McQuarrie to do M:I 5. I expect him to take it back to M:I 1 level.
I voted for McQuarrie to do M:I 5. I expect him to take it back to M:I 1 level.
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7:45PM on 08/06/2013

Im sorry

but is this dude telling me he hasn't seen Way of the Gun? Either you forgot about it or you shouldn't be working for a movie website.
but is this dude telling me he hasn't seen Way of the Gun? Either you forgot about it or you shouldn't be working for a movie website.
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3:16PM on 08/06/2013

Great choice

What you have to remember about Jack Reacher is that the story and characters weren't very original at all (No B.S. tough guy private detective, corporate conspiracy etc, femme fatale lawyer), but McQuarrie managed to make it exciting and suspenseful (I watched it twice - it was great both times). Originally I didn't want to see it because of the trailer made it look cliché (he takes down a gang of thugs in a street fight, really?), but those scenes work beautifully in the context of the movie
What you have to remember about Jack Reacher is that the story and characters weren't very original at all (No B.S. tough guy private detective, corporate conspiracy etc, femme fatale lawyer), but McQuarrie managed to make it exciting and suspenseful (I watched it twice - it was great both times). Originally I didn't want to see it because of the trailer made it look cliché (he takes down a gang of thugs in a street fight, really?), but those scenes work beautifully in the context of the movie I thought.
If you haven't seen it (and you're not a Cruise Hater), I recommend you do - it's a great movie.
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11:54AM on 08/06/2013
Not a bad choice. He is established in the action/espionage films and has a history with Cruise. I would like to also see them bring Pegg and Renner back and give Rhames a bigger role.
Not a bad choice. He is established in the action/espionage films and has a history with Cruise. I would like to also see them bring Pegg and Renner back and give Rhames a bigger role.
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11:12AM on 08/06/2013

Not a bad choice.. but i wish

I totally agree that they will have to get a solid script on this one to top MI4. I don't think that CM's directorial skills will disappoint, Jack Reacher was neat and he can definitely do better. Yet, I think is sad this series has come to a point that does not allow less block buster seeking directors such as De Palma to come back and direct . MI1 still and will always be one of the greatest action/spy movie ever. The simplicity and well crafted scenes as well as the stream of the storyline
I totally agree that they will have to get a solid script on this one to top MI4. I don't think that CM's directorial skills will disappoint, Jack Reacher was neat and he can definitely do better. Yet, I think is sad this series has come to a point that does not allow less block buster seeking directors such as De Palma to come back and direct . MI1 still and will always be one of the greatest action/spy movie ever. The simplicity and well crafted scenes as well as the stream of the storyline set an example for all modern movies on how to direct in general.
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8:52AM on 08/06/2013

Good.

Reacher was refreshing because of it's well choreographed and shot action/fight scenes, which McQuarrie def deserves credit for. The car chase was excellent as well. Definitely looking forward to this.
Reacher was refreshing because of it's well choreographed and shot action/fight scenes, which McQuarrie def deserves credit for. The car chase was excellent as well. Definitely looking forward to this.
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6:20AM on 08/06/2013

Give him a chance

When brad bird was announced I was worried because of what happened to Andrew Stanton and John carter but he blew it out of the park and whilst I haven't seen jack reacher and still want to so I have faith that mcquarrie can pull it off so like all things it's now a waiting game
When brad bird was announced I was worried because of what happened to Andrew Stanton and John carter but he blew it out of the park and whilst I haven't seen jack reacher and still want to so I have faith that mcquarrie can pull it off so like all things it's now a waiting game
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11:57PM on 08/05/2013
Way of the gun is enough for me to get excited for this
Way of the gun is enough for me to get excited for this
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10:36PM on 08/05/2013
Hope atleast they hire the writers who wrote MI:4.they need a solid action packed script to top MI:4.
Hope atleast they hire the writers who wrote MI:4.they need a solid action packed script to top MI:4.
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10:36PM on 08/05/2013
Hope atleast they hire the writers who wrote MI:4.they need a solid action packed script to top MI:4.
Hope atleast they hire the writers who wrote MI:4.they need a solid action packed script to top MI:4.
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10:28PM on 08/05/2013
Jack Reacher was a solid, very well-directed movie. However, I think Phillip Noyce might have made a kickass Mission: Impossible film as well, seeing how much experience he has in the spy thriller genre.
Jack Reacher was a solid, very well-directed movie. However, I think Phillip Noyce might have made a kickass Mission: Impossible film as well, seeing how much experience he has in the spy thriller genre.
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9:23PM on 08/05/2013
And bringing back Ving Rhames again is a must. The guy needs to be in every film of this franchise.

And hopefully they are able to bring back Renner and Pegg again.
And bringing back Ving Rhames again is a must. The guy needs to be in every film of this franchise.

And hopefully they are able to bring back Renner and Pegg again.
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9:21PM on 08/05/2013
McQuarrie is a solid choice to direct the next film and carry the franchise with Cruise. Jack Reacher and Way of the Gun are both underrated good films and he already has good chemistry with Cruise with Valkyrie and Jack Reacher and it will no doubt show thorough out this next film. Very excited to see what he brings to this caliber type of film and to see where else they take the story.

With all the versatile directors with each film, Mission Impossible has easily become one of my favorite
McQuarrie is a solid choice to direct the next film and carry the franchise with Cruise. Jack Reacher and Way of the Gun are both underrated good films and he already has good chemistry with Cruise with Valkyrie and Jack Reacher and it will no doubt show thorough out this next film. Very excited to see what he brings to this caliber type of film and to see where else they take the story.

With all the versatile directors with each film, Mission Impossible has easily become one of my favorite franchises.
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8:56PM on 08/05/2013

Great news.

Jack Reacher was WAY underrated and Way of the Gun is one of my all-time favorites.
Jack Reacher was WAY underrated and Way of the Gun is one of my all-time favorites.
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7:51PM on 08/05/2013

Jack Reacher was an underrated action thriller.

It wasn't flashy, but it was sleek and efficient. The car chase was a great, old-school action sequence. I think people went into that movie expecting something else. If he brings that approach to Mission Impossible, it'll be fine by me. Am I sad that Bird isn't coming back? Yes and no. I still think MI3 is actually the best of the series, and Bird did a great job on his, but I think it's better to keep opening it to new directors. The only thing I'd be concerned about is if they were to hire a
It wasn't flashy, but it was sleek and efficient. The car chase was a great, old-school action sequence. I think people went into that movie expecting something else. If he brings that approach to Mission Impossible, it'll be fine by me. Am I sad that Bird isn't coming back? Yes and no. I still think MI3 is actually the best of the series, and Bird did a great job on his, but I think it's better to keep opening it to new directors. The only thing I'd be concerned about is if they were to hire a hack and ruin the series (e.g. Die Hard 5 and John Moore) but with McQuarrie helming it, that ain't gonna happen. He works well with Cruise and their upcoming movie Edge of Tomorrow has solid buzz. So shut the fuck up with all the negativity!
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7:15PM on 08/05/2013
If you went into Jack Reacher expecting Mission: Impossible you were probably disappointed. I went in expecting Knight & Day, and it was much better than that movie. Anyway, I'm excited for this news. I love all the films (the 1st and 4th the most). I really hope McQuarrie's film is like the first M:I. The first movie seemed like a Spy movie which just happened to have great action. All the others seemed to be action movies with spy elements. All are great, but I like the first best since it
If you went into Jack Reacher expecting Mission: Impossible you were probably disappointed. I went in expecting Knight & Day, and it was much better than that movie. Anyway, I'm excited for this news. I love all the films (the 1st and 4th the most). I really hope McQuarrie's film is like the first M:I. The first movie seemed like a Spy movie which just happened to have great action. All the others seemed to be action movies with spy elements. All are great, but I like the first best since it stands out from the others for me.
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7:06PM on 08/05/2013
Based on previous work, I think this guy's got competent chops for the job. That being said, MI4 will be extremely difficult to top.
Based on previous work, I think this guy's got competent chops for the job. That being said, MI4 will be extremely difficult to top.
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5:40PM on 08/05/2013
Jack Reacher is a very generic and plain movie. Not to say it was horrible but it wasn't anything I hadn't seen before. Nothing about it was very exciting or unique in anyway. I hope he doesn't drown the fifth MI into the same abyss.
Jack Reacher is a very generic and plain movie. Not to say it was horrible but it wasn't anything I hadn't seen before. Nothing about it was very exciting or unique in anyway. I hope he doesn't drown the fifth MI into the same abyss.
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5:12PM on 08/05/2013
Well that's cool and all but I kind of wanted a director with a little more flare in their direction and storytelling (even though he has the storytelling part nailed). I guess I just want to see a cool looking flick as well as a brilliant story but I know I am asking too much here. Ahh well, at least I know the story will be good which is never a bad thing.
Well that's cool and all but I kind of wanted a director with a little more flare in their direction and storytelling (even though he has the storytelling part nailed). I guess I just want to see a cool looking flick as well as a brilliant story but I know I am asking too much here. Ahh well, at least I know the story will be good which is never a bad thing.
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5:07PM on 08/05/2013
I suspect this will be a very different kind of M:I with McQaurrie involved. Both Way of the Gun and Jack Reacher were good movies, if not spectacular, but they had great performances and were well written. It will be very difficult to top Brad Birds direction of M:I 5, but I was skeptical about Bird as well, with his lack of live action direction. I'll wait to actually see something from this film before making a judgement, but this series has gotten a big boost since M:I 3, and I am not about
I suspect this will be a very different kind of M:I with McQaurrie involved. Both Way of the Gun and Jack Reacher were good movies, if not spectacular, but they had great performances and were well written. It will be very difficult to top Brad Birds direction of M:I 5, but I was skeptical about Bird as well, with his lack of live action direction. I'll wait to actually see something from this film before making a judgement, but this series has gotten a big boost since M:I 3, and I am not about to start criticizing before I see something at this point.
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4:33PM on 08/05/2013

Dug Reacher and love Way of the Gun.

McQuarrie has a unique and fresh take on action and think he'd be an interesting fit with the franchise (always love that they switch for directors with different styles for every entry). Plus its nice Cruise has given him a chance to go big, the man deserves it!
McQuarrie has a unique and fresh take on action and think he'd be an interesting fit with the franchise (always love that they switch for directors with different styles for every entry). Plus its nice Cruise has given him a chance to go big, the man deserves it!
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4:21PM on 08/05/2013

Jack Reacher was great...but I dont know if the same style of film would work for the M:I film

..and most definitely I don't know how would he outdo Brad Bird..pressure's on for this guy...this can follow M:I 2
..and most definitely I don't know how would he outdo Brad Bird..pressure's on for this guy...this can follow M:I 2
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4:16PM on 08/05/2013

I liked JACK REACHER

and, while McQuarrie's no Brad Bird, I'm interested to see what he does with M:I V.
and, while McQuarrie's no Brad Bird, I'm interested to see what he does with M:I V.
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4:13PM on 08/05/2013
F that noise, I thought Jack Reacher was awesome. I have faith that McQuarrie will pull out a solid entry. He's 2 for 2 as a director so far in my book.
F that noise, I thought Jack Reacher was awesome. I have faith that McQuarrie will pull out a solid entry. He's 2 for 2 as a director so far in my book.
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4:10PM on 08/05/2013
Bad move - he needs keep going bigger and more spectacular with the MI films if he wants to keep the cash cow producing lovely cash.
Bad move - he needs keep going bigger and more spectacular with the MI films if he wants to keep the cash cow producing lovely cash.
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4:07PM on 08/05/2013
I thought Jack Reacher was pretty damn good and underrated, so you could do a lot worse than McQuarrie. It'll be interesting to see a more realistic and grounded take on the Mission Impossible series for sure.
I thought Jack Reacher was pretty damn good and underrated, so you could do a lot worse than McQuarrie. It'll be interesting to see a more realistic and grounded take on the Mission Impossible series for sure.
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4:05PM on 08/05/2013

Jack Reacher was boring!

Some will argue "read the books" but when you're adapting something, you shouldn't default to a viewer has to read the books to get an appreciation of the material. The last Mission Impossible was easily one of the best films of 2011, but I'll try to give this guy the benefit of the doubt.
Some will argue "read the books" but when you're adapting something, you shouldn't default to a viewer has to read the books to get an appreciation of the material. The last Mission Impossible was easily one of the best films of 2011, but I'll try to give this guy the benefit of the doubt.
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3:50PM on 08/05/2013
We're really taking a step back after the past two. Nothing against the man, but Jack Reacher was really quite boring and predictable. Some of that falls on the script, but plenty of it falls on the director as well. Pretty disappointed by this.
We're really taking a step back after the past two. Nothing against the man, but Jack Reacher was really quite boring and predictable. Some of that falls on the script, but plenty of it falls on the director as well. Pretty disappointed by this.
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4:40PM on 08/05/2013
But . . . The director wrote the script, so shouldn't that solely place the blame on Christopher McQuarrie?
But . . . The director wrote the script, so shouldn't that solely place the blame on Christopher McQuarrie?
6:35PM on 08/05/2013
To BrokenDreamer - Geeze. I didn't even remember/realize that. Then yes. Definitely. Squarely on him. Ugh. Not sure how I'm getting downvoted here. If you thought it was anything but 'meh' you need to demand more from your cinematic experience.
To BrokenDreamer - Geeze. I didn't even remember/realize that. Then yes. Definitely. Squarely on him. Ugh. Not sure how I'm getting downvoted here. If you thought it was anything but 'meh' you need to demand more from your cinematic experience.
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3:50PM on 08/05/2013

Bleh.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol sucked. Jack Reacher sucked. Bad, unsurprising news.
I used to be a nut for Cruise and loved that he always made bold decisions (look at the first 3 M:I movies, which I feel get better as they go, culminating with Abrams' excellent 3rd installment)... but over the past couple years it seems he's been making only definitively SAFE decisions, and that makes him very boring. I like that the M:I series is a revolving door of directors putting their respective
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol sucked. Jack Reacher sucked. Bad, unsurprising news.
I used to be a nut for Cruise and loved that he always made bold decisions (look at the first 3 M:I movies, which I feel get better as they go, culminating with Abrams' excellent 3rd installment)... but over the past couple years it seems he's been making only definitively SAFE decisions, and that makes him very boring. I like that the M:I series is a revolving door of directors putting their respective stamps on the material, but McQuarrie will really have to do something special to stand out in such company as De Palma, et al.
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5:13PM on 08/05/2013
Considering that M:I GP has the highest rating of any movie before it, I think your opinion is in the minority. Not to mention it's the second highest grossing film in the series. And M:I 2 was easily the worst in the series, with M:I GP easily being the best. Only Abrams and Bird's M:I films have truly stood as noteworthy. I agree about McQaurrie, but the guy shows talent in both writing and directing. He's worth giving the benefit of the doubt.
Considering that M:I GP has the highest rating of any movie before it, I think your opinion is in the minority. Not to mention it's the second highest grossing film in the series. And M:I 2 was easily the worst in the series, with M:I GP easily being the best. Only Abrams and Bird's M:I films have truly stood as noteworthy. I agree about McQaurrie, but the guy shows talent in both writing and directing. He's worth giving the benefit of the doubt.
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