After briefly losing steam following J.J. Abrams’ third installment, the Mission: Impossible franchise has been in the middle of a resurgence over the past few years, thanks in no small part to directors Brad Bird and Christopher McQuarrie too, who managed to deliver two of the franchise’s best films yet, with 2011’s Ghost Protocol, and this summer’s Rogue Nation. With work already underway on the follow-up sixth installment though, it looks like the next film will not only hope to continue the same energy as its two predecessors, but also mark a first in the franchise’s history.
After previous rumors have linked him to several other projects, and a certain Star Wars: Rogue One rewrite over the past few months, Rogue Nation writer and director Christopher McQuarrie has officially confirmed that he will be returning to helm the film’s sixth installment as well.
This of course comes several weeks after the writer/director had already been linked to the project several times, and it looks like the deal is finally done. Check out McQuarrie’s official announcement tweet below:
Mission: Accepted #MI6
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) November 30, 2015
Coming from someone who found Rogue Nation to be the franchise’s best installment yet, this is very, very good news. This will also be the first time that a director has returned to direct more than one installment in the series yet, and considering the critical acclaim that McQuarrie received as a filmmaker for his work on the movie, it’s easy to see why.
Combining the familiar, high-octane action with the espionage archetypes often seen from films by Alfred Hitchcock, Rogue Nation was a refreshing and much-needed change of pace for not only this summer’s somewhat disappointing blockbuster season (except for you Mad Max: Fury Road, you know we love you), but also for the franchise as a whole. Not to mention that McQuarrie also managed to deliver one of the best onscreen female characters of the past several years as well, with Rebecca Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust, and has turned the Swedish-born actress into this year’s break out star.
No word yet on when the film will be hitting theatres, or what characters other than Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt we can expect to see return, but it looks like the Mission: Impossible franchise has not only found the latest direction it will be taking cinematically, but also its behind-the-scenes captain as well.
Mission: Impossible 6 does not currently have a release date.
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