2015 has been a year chock full of spy movies, but among their universal success, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has stood especially tall. Paramount’s latest spy sequel made approximately $682 million at the worldwide box office, also receiving highly positive reviews from critics (including from us), and that led to the studio quickly trying to negotiate a return for the movie’s director, Christopher McQuarrie, who also co-wrote the script alongside Iron Man 3 scribe, Drew Pearce.
That return has now been set. McQuarrie took to his Twitter account today, after talks leaked about his possible return to the franchise, to simply tweet, “Mission: Accepted. #MI6.” This would seem to indicate that McQuarrie has finalized a deal for the currently-untitled sixth Mission: Impossible movie, and will return to helm it. This will make McQuarrie the first director to helm more than one Mission: Impossible movie, with the franchise cycling between Brian de Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird before him.
Not much is known about the sixth Mission: Impossible movie at this point, beyond the confirmation that Tom Cruise will once again star as IMF superspy, Ethan Hunt. It’s likely, albeit unconfirmed that Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg will also return for the sequel in some capacity, as they’re now franchise regulars, particularly Rhames, who is the only other actor to appear in all five movies to date, aside from Cruise. The movie is rumoured to be planned for a production start in Summer of 2016, which would likely give it a 2017 release date.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation hits DVD and Blu-Ray on December 15th. It will be available to buy on digital platforms slightly beforehand as well.
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