‘Fallout’ Director Christopher McQuarrie to Write, Direct Next 2 ‘Mission: Impossible’ Films


Mission: Impossible - Fallout stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Cavill, Sian Brooke, Frederick Schmidt, and Angela Bassett.

(Marvel originally meant to shoot the two films concurrently, but that plan didn't pan out, and Paramount apparently took notice when deciding how to approach the upcoming Mission: Impossible movies.) Paramount made this move in a bid to capitalize on the popularity of the franchise, which has proven successful since its inception but never more so than in 2018 with the launch of Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the highest-grossing entry in the entire action franchise.

Tom Cruise has also confirmed his return to the franchise as the mentioned agent Ethan Hunt on Twitter, check it out below along with McQuarrie's tweet.

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McQuarrie first took the reins of the franchise in 2015 with "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation", which pulled in $682.7 million worldwide. The delayed release is to accommodate Cruise's other big franchise film, Top Gun: Maverick, now in production under the direction of Joseph Kosinski. And to avoid any conflict with this, the Mission Impossible films will be out in the consecutive years. Tom Cruise's deal carrying him through Mission: Impossible 8 has also officially closed. Paramount didn't want to lose their winning team while they could still have it. McQuarrie is going to get cracking on the screenplay while Tom Cruise finishes shooting Top Gun 2. The caption accompanies a short video of the letters "M:I" surrounded on both sides of burning fuses, a trademark of the original series and modern day movies. Starting with Ghost Protocol, (which, it's worth noting, had some significant script work from McQuarrie) the franchise has really found its feet, delivering a killer mix of ensemble work, truly mind-blowing action set-pieces, and a sense of character and narrative that was largely missing from the first (still great) three films.

Christopher McQuarrie returned to not only write and direct but also produced the picture along with Cruise, Don Granger and J.J. Abrams as well as David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions.

McQuarrie will write the two sequels as well, having written both Rogue Nation and Fallout. So really, he's had a huge hand in ensuring the continued success of the Mission: Impossible franchise that was infamously never able to hold down a director for more than a single movie. Filmed on a budget of $178 million (£138.47 million), "Fallout" reportedly brought in a tasty $791.1 million (£615 million) globally at the box office.