The Mission Impossible franchise has grossed more than $2 billion at the global box office, and now Part 5 is a sure thing after Tom Cruise signed up for another movie in the series.
Cruise would produce along with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, which produced the last two films.
Paramount and Skydance have not set a writer, director or start date yet.
However, Christopher McQuarrie — who directed last year’s Cruise-starring action adventure “Jack Reacher” and wrote Cruise’s 2008 Nazi thriller “Valkyrie” — is reportedly the leading contender to direct the new sequel.
The last installment, “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” was helmed by Brad Bird with Jeremy Renner and Paul Patton joining Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, in the film. No plot details have been revealed.
The CAA-repped Cruise was most recently seen in Universal’s sci-fi pic “Oblivion,” which has grossed more than $220 million world wide.
McQuarrie would follow in an illustrious line of “Mission: Impossible” directors: Brian DePalma (responsible for 1996’s movie adaptation of the ‘60s TV series), John Woo (“M:I 2″), Abrams (M:I 3”) and animation ace Brad Bird (“Ghost Protocol”).
One message designed not to self-destruct in five seconds: The “Mission: Impossible” franchise has earned over $2 billion globally, to rank among Hollywood’s most successful movie series.