The mission has been accepted! Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie confirmed today that he is attached to helm an addition two entries in Paramount Pictures and Skydance’s “Mission: Impossible” franchise. Leading man Tom Cruise also confirmed his own involvement, posting the following to Twitter:
Summer 2021 and Summer 2022 pic.twitter.com/V6SNvZx2La
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) January 15, 2019
Last year, McQuarrie’s “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” brought in more than $789 million at the worldwide box office. “Fallout” marked the first time that a helmer returned for multiple entries in the big screen franchise. Now, McQuarrie is slated to, by 2022, have directed a full half of the eight-film franchise.
Although unconfirmed at the moment, future “Mission: Impossible” entries are likely to also see the return of franchise regulars Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson. It is also likely that Angela Bassett will reprise her “Fallout” role as CIA Director Erica Sloane with Alec Baldwin returning as IMF Secretary Alan Hunley. It’s also a distinct possibility that one (or both) of the newly announced sequels could bring back Jeremy Renner as William Brandt. Brandt was introduced in McQuarrie’s first entry, 2015’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” but was not included in last summer’s “Fallout” because of the actor’s commitment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this summer’s “Avengers: Endgame”.
Although the “Mission: Impossible” series has previously marked Cruise’s only repeat performance in a franchise, the three time Academy Award nominee is currently in production on “Top Gun: Maverick,” a big screen followup to his 1986 breakout hit. Look for that film to hit theaters on June 26, 2020 and check back for updates on the future of “Mission: Impossible” as they become available.