Christopher McQuarrie to Direct ‘Mission: Impossible 5’?
Director Brad Bird‘s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol became a critical and box office hit a little over a year ago, and a big shot in the arm to the M:I franchise. Now, producer/star Tom Cruise is looking to make a fifth chapter to the spy franchise, and rumor is he’s looking to his Jack Reacher writer/director, Christopher McQuarrie, to take the reigns.
Earlier today, McQuarrie was asked point-blank if he would be directing the next M:I, and he responded that he was “deciding to accept” the invitation. This deliberate choice of words prompted him to later clarify in a follow-up tweet:
Attn @empiremagazine Clarification on an earlier tweet: “Deciding to accept” is not the same as “Decided to accept.” Might want to retract.
— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) February 5, 2013
One of the hallmarks of the Mission: Impossible series is the different senses of style its revolving door of directors has brought to the films. It’s hard to be more different than going from Brian De Palma and John Woo to J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird.
McQuarrie’s best-known work is his Oscar-winning screenplay for The Usual Suspects, but lately he’s developed a good working relationship with Cruise, having written Valkyrie, and written and directed Reacher. He’s also co-scripted the Cruise-starring, Doug Liman-directed All You Need is Kill, which is due in theaters 2014 and will feature Tom Cruise in a mech suit: