Christopher McQuarrie is perhaps still best known as the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects, but the filmmaker has achieved some success as a director since then as well. Along with writing scripts for Valkyrie, The Tourist, and Tom Cruise’s upcoming Edge of Tomorrow, he’s also the writer/director of The Way of the Gun and last year’s Jack Reacher. Considering how often he’s worked with Cruise, it should be no surprise that McQuarrie has officially been confirmed to direct the next installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.
McQuarrie tweeted “Mission: Accepted,” and Paramount sent out a press release confirming months of speculation that he was the man for the job. He joins the impressive list of directors with the distinction of tackling an M:I movie, including Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, and Brad Bird. Here’s what Cruise said in the official statement:
“I am thrilled to reunite with Chris for the latest installment in the Mission series,” said Cruise. “I began producing the films with the goal that a different director with his own vision would make each one. Chris is an extraordinary filmmaker who will deliver the heart-pounding action and thrills that audiences around the world have come to expect from the Mission: Impossible franchise.”
The Way of the Gun isn’t quite as popular as Jack Reacher (which itself isn’t exactly one of Cruise’s most famous films), but all you need to see is this excellent shootout sequence from the end of TWOTG to know that McQuarrie can handle the action necessary in a Mission movie:
The other huge element that’s perhaps the most important thing to consider is how well McQuarrie and Cruise have worked together in the past. Since this franchise unquestionably belongs to Tom Cruise, selecting a director who meshes with the A-lister is important. Every little bit helps on a film set – especially for such a huge undertaking like this – so the duo’s shorthand from Reacher should keep things on an even keel during the large-scale production.
Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce wrote the screenplay for M:I 5, and this will be the first time we get to see a screenplay written solely by him make it to the big screen. Paramount and Skydance Productions are co-producing this sequel, and it’s expected to hit theaters sometime in 2014. Excited?
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