Tom Cruise Officially Signs Up for ‘Mission: Impossible 5’
With Tom Cruise back on top of the box office with last month's Oblivion, it is now officially confirmed that he will be making a sequel to his highest-grossing film of all time, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
The fourth in the spy franchise, Ghost Protocol was directed by Brad Bird and grossed more than $700 million worldwide. Naturally, a fifth film has been widely rumored since then. Now, Cruise is officially set to make the film, though a director and writer have not yet been chosen.
The Mission: Impossible franchise has featured very different directors for each outing, with their differing styles being a highlight of the series. As such, it will be interesting to see who Cruise finds for this project. Rumor has it that his Jack Reacher director, Christopher McQuarrie, could be tapped for the gig. McQuarrie's next project, however, will be a remake of the 1968 Cold War thriller Ice Station Zebra.
It seems Jack Reacher, based on the novel series by Lee Child, could be getting a sequel of its own, based on a $216 million worldwide gross on a $60 million budget. But in the meantime, Cruise will next appear in Doug Liman's sci-fi war movie All You Need is Kill, due for release March 7, 2014, and is set to star opposite The Lone Ranger's Armie Hammer in a big-screen adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.