Christopher McQuarrie Wanted to Direct Mission: Impossible 5

Tom Cruise wants the director of Jack Reacher to helm the fifth installment of the popular spy franchise.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

And so it begins again. With every Mission: Impossible movie comes a new director and a new sensibility, and the search for each director has always been a long one filled with false hopes and false starts. Before J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) came on board Mission: Impossible III, acclaimed directors David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Joe Carnahan (The Grey) had both been attached to the project. Before Brad Bird directed Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, filmmakers like J.J. Abrams, Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad) and even Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) were considered contenders for the director's chair.

Now the time has come to make Mission: Impossible 5, and the first filmmaker being considered for the production is Christopher McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects whose second film as a director, Jack Reacher, stars Tom Cruise in an adaptation of the Lee Child novel One Shot. McQuarrie's first feature as a director was the underrated kidnapping thriller The Way of the Gun, starring Ryan Phillippe and Benicio Del Toro. He has also written screenplays for the upcoming action movies Jack the Giant Slayer and The Wolverine, and is rumored to be in the running to direct a spin-off of the Jack Ryan franchise.

McQuarrie is Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams' first choice to direct Mission: Impossible 5, according to Deadline, although there is no script ready yet and McQuarrie's actual level of interest remains unknown. Having only seen his first film, and loving it as we do, we think he's a great choice for the next installment of the franchise, although we expect – if history is any indication – that he may just be the first director of many to be associated with the project until it goes into production.

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