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Tom Cruise officially signs on for Mission: Impossible 5; director still to be announced

May. 6, 2013by:

IMF Agent Ethan Hunt is set to get back in action as Tom Cruise has inked a deal to reprise his franchise role, following on the heels of the last film, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL, the most successful film of his career with a $700 million worldwide take.

From Deadline:

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have set Tom Cruise in a deal to star in and produce a fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Both Paramount and Skydance have confirmed this, but they are not saying who’s writing and directing, or when they are targeting release.

It has long been speculated that Christopher McQuarrie would direct the 5th installment, with the writer/director recently saying he was "deciding" if he would direct it or not. Deadline says that a deal for a writer/director, be it McQuarrie or someone else, is expected to be "finalized shortly," and development will begin with Cruise and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot.

Cruise has been in overdrive of late, jumping into one high profile projects after the next. Both JACK REACHER and OBLIVION have been solid hits, with REACHER in early talks for a sequel. The prolific actor has wrapped the sci-fi actioner ALL YOU NEED IS KILL for director Doug Liman and recently signed on to star in Guy Ritchie's adaptation of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. with Armie Hammer and is still attached to a new version of VAN HELSING for Universal. 

I'm an unabashed Cruise fan and couldn't be happier with the slate of films he has on the way, especially another entry in the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, which has gotten better and better with the last two entries. The hardest working actor in Hollywood continues to prove his mettle.

No word on a release date for the 5th film just yet, but we'll update as the info comes in. Stay tuned.

Extra Tidbit: If not McQuarrie, who would you like to see tackle the 5th M:I film?
Source: Deadline

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6:41PM on 05/06/2013
THE M:I series is one of the most consistent movie franchises out there. So, bring this motherfucker on.
THE M:I series is one of the most consistent movie franchises out there. So, bring this motherfucker on.
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6:51PM on 05/06/2013
I wouldn't mind McQuarrie directing. I can think of a few other directors who have worked with Cruise in the past that would be interesting choices. Michael Mann is they wanted a more spy oriented film like De Palma's Mission: Impossible 1. Ed Zwick and Bryan Singer would also be good choices.
I wouldn't mind McQuarrie directing. I can think of a few other directors who have worked with Cruise in the past that would be interesting choices. Michael Mann is they wanted a more spy oriented film like De Palma's Mission: Impossible 1. Ed Zwick and Bryan Singer would also be good choices.
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7:02PM on 05/06/2013
Even after a 4th installment, MI seems to continue to get better. Cruise will remain the face of this franchise. Any intentions to bring someone else to take over is sadly mistaken (looking at you Bourne series).
Even after a 4th installment, MI seems to continue to get better. Cruise will remain the face of this franchise. Any intentions to bring someone else to take over is sadly mistaken (looking at you Bourne series).
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7:14PM on 05/06/2013
love Cruise and thought Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol was weak, but ironically Jeremy Renner was brought into MI4 to take over the series, but then it turned out everyone still loved Tom Cruise and it didn't need to change hands. Bourne Legacy was crap too, ugh. Love the Bourne Trilogy so much though.
love Cruise and thought Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol was weak, but ironically Jeremy Renner was brought into MI4 to take over the series, but then it turned out everyone still loved Tom Cruise and it didn't need to change hands. Bourne Legacy was crap too, ugh. Love the Bourne Trilogy so much though.
7:05PM on 05/06/2013
Would be nice to see Kathryn Bigelow take the helm.
Would be nice to see Kathryn Bigelow take the helm.
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9:24PM on 05/06/2013
@jackie - so we can see another dark n gritty take on Batman? No thanks. Time to change it up, bring in the fantasy elements. Not only would dark n gritty again be tiresome, but people would just compare it to Nolan's trilogy and all the Nolan fanboys would come out 'Nolan did it better, Nolan did it better' etc
@jackie - so we can see another dark n gritty take on Batman? No thanks. Time to change it up, bring in the fantasy elements. Not only would dark n gritty again be tiresome, but people would just compare it to Nolan's trilogy and all the Nolan fanboys would come out 'Nolan did it better, Nolan did it better' etc
8:29PM on 05/06/2013
I'd like to see what she does with a franchise picture. M:I would be a good start. I actually hope WB considers her when it's time to reboot Batman.
I'd like to see what she does with a franchise picture. M:I would be a good start. I actually hope WB considers her when it's time to reboot Batman.
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7:17PM on 05/06/2013

Since Brad Bird worked so well...

How bout Andrew Stanton?

He needs another shot at a live-action film. His problem with John Carter was that nobody really knew or cared about the source material or star. This time neither would be an issue. His story skills and visuals would be awesome IMO
How bout Andrew Stanton?

He needs another shot at a live-action film. His problem with John Carter was that nobody really knew or cared about the source material or star. This time neither would be an issue. His story skills and visuals would be awesome IMO
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10:02PM on 05/06/2013
Eh.

Agree to disagree. Most people I know who actually saw it seemed to enjoy it, myself included.
Eh.

Agree to disagree. Most people I know who actually saw it seemed to enjoy it, myself included.
9:22PM on 05/06/2013
The familiarity with the source material and the cast was the least of that movie's problems.
The familiarity with the source material and the cast was the least of that movie's problems.
7:59PM on 05/06/2013
Besides the Bond movies, I can't think of a franchise with a better FOURTH entry. Good news to me.
Besides the Bond movies, I can't think of a franchise with a better FOURTH entry. Good news to me.
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8:27PM on 05/06/2013
Love all of them.
Love all of them.
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8:39PM on 05/06/2013
I like McQuarrie but i would love to see MI:5 done by Neill Blomkamp or Matthew Vaughn
I like McQuarrie but i would love to see MI:5 done by Neill Blomkamp or Matthew Vaughn
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9:43PM on 05/06/2013
McQuarrie would be a good choice to direct since he and Cruise have worked well with one another in the past.

Hell after seeing Oblivion twice, I would even think Joseph Kosinski would be a great choice to direct the next film.
McQuarrie would be a good choice to direct since he and Cruise have worked well with one another in the past.

Hell after seeing Oblivion twice, I would even think Joseph Kosinski would be a great choice to direct the next film.
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9:48PM on 05/06/2013

Director choices (if available)

John McTiernan or Simon West.

I remember reading that Simon Pegg's Benji might return for a third, but I hope Ving Rhames reprises his role in more than just a cameo this time around.
John McTiernan or Simon West.

I remember reading that Simon Pegg's Benji might return for a third, but I hope Ving Rhames reprises his role in more than just a cameo this time around.
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3:59AM on 05/07/2013
Yeah, I would love to see a Mission Impossible film from John McTiernan. That guy could make some classy action films.
Yeah, I would love to see a Mission Impossible film from John McTiernan. That guy could make some classy action films.
10:52PM on 05/06/2013

No Brad Bird? Pity

If Brad Bird can't/won't do it, I'd love to see Joe Cornish (ATTACK THE BLOCK), Neill Blomkamp or Matthew Vaughn behind the camera.
If Brad Bird can't/won't do it, I'd love to see Joe Cornish (ATTACK THE BLOCK), Neill Blomkamp or Matthew Vaughn behind the camera.
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2:47AM on 05/07/2013
Joe Carnahan. I know he walked away from 3, but he has the experience with big budget now.
Joe Carnahan. I know he walked away from 3, but he has the experience with big budget now.
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8:17AM on 05/07/2013
Tom Cruise can still bring it in an action movie. Love to see someone take on MI-5
Tom Cruise can still bring it in an action movie. Love to see someone take on MI-5
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10:44AM on 05/07/2013
How about Phillip Noyce? He's come pretty close with movies like "The Saint" and "Salt", so for him to take on an actual Mission: Impossible film wouldn't be too much of a stretch.
How about Phillip Noyce? He's come pretty close with movies like "The Saint" and "Salt", so for him to take on an actual Mission: Impossible film wouldn't be too much of a stretch.
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