The writer-director of the summer hit Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation made it official today: He’ll be back for Tom Cruise’s next mission. Christopher McQuarrie will write and direct the next chapter in the venerable action franchise, becoming the first repeat director in the film series’ two-decade history. He also will produce alongside Cruise, Don Granger, J.J. Abrams and Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. He tweeted the news this morning:
Cruise has committed to the project produced by Paramount and Skydance, which now reunites him with McQuarrie. The filmmaker has written and directed two of the actor’s films — M:I – Rogue and Jack Reacher — and also wrote his Edge Of Tomorrow and Valkyrie. This summer’s Rogue Nation got off to a faster start at the international box office than the franchise’s previous installment, 2011’s M:I – Ghost Protocol, but came up about $12M short of topping it for bragging rights to the franchise’s biggest haul ($694.7M vs. $682.3M). Both made more than twice as much coin overseas as domestically.
McQuarrie won an Oscar for his original screenplay for 1995’s The Usual Suspects, which was his feature debut.