Christopher McQuarrie Signs on to Direct Back-to-Back ‘Mission: Impossible’ Films

After delivering the biggest box office hit in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Christopher McQuarrie has closed a deal with Paramount Pictures that sees him staying with the franchise in a big way.

McQuarrie, along with franchise star Tom Cruise, confirmed tonight that two new Mission: Impossible films will be released in 2021 and 2022, with McQuarrie returning to direct both features.

Sources also add that both films would be shot back-to-back — similar to the final two Avengers sequels — in order to take advantage of the popularity of the series.

The release comes in 2021 to avoid conflict with Paramount and Cruise’s next big venture, Top Gun: Maverick, which also has McQuarrie on board for rewrites.

My sources have confirmed that McQuarrie will now look to start writing the script while Cruise finishes production on Top Gun: Maverick. While no start date is set yet, sources indicate the studio is looking to begin shooting closer to the end of 2019.

The most recent Mission: Impossible installment, Mission: Impossible — Fallout, was also the best-reviewed entry with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 97% and grossed $750+ million at the global box office.

This news was first confirmed by Variety.

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