Paramount Pictures is gearing up for two more Mission: Impossible movies.
Director Christopher McQuarrie delivered two hits in the Tom Cruise-starring franchise with 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the latter of which is the most the successful film in the series with an impressive haul of $US791.1 million from a budget of $US178 million. Unsurprisingly, Paramount’s keen to keep it going.
As first reported by Variety, McQuarrie has been hired to return to the franchise for two more entries. McQuarrie will be both directing and writing the next two films, with plans to shoot both films back-to-back. As of now, there’s a plan to release one film in 2021 and one in 2022.
McQuarrie confirmed his sign up on Twitter:
— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) January 14, 2019
Cruise sparked up the hype with the following:
Summer 2021 and Summer 2022 pic.twitter.com/V6SNvZx2La
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) January 15, 2019
McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing The Usual Suspects and whose directing credits include The Way of the Gun and Cruise film Jack Reacher, will now begin writing the scripts in order to meet the relatively tight turnaround Paramount is eyeing. The studio is looking to begin production on the first of the two films this year.
Up next for Cruise is the long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which reunites him with Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski. That film is scheduled to arrive in cinemas in June 2020.