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‘Mission: Impossible’ Returning With Back-to-Back Films Directed by Chris McQuarrie

He directed both "Rogue Nation" and "Fallout."

Actor Tom Cruise, left, and director, writer, producer Christopher McQuarrie attend the U.S. premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on in WashingtonD.C. Premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout", Washington, USA - 22 Jul 2018

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie

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If you took Christopher McQuarrie’s just-posted tweet “Missions: Accepted” to mean that he’s returning to the action franchise, you were correct. Variety reports that the director of last year’s “Fallout” — which, with $790 million in box-office returns, is the franchise’s highest-grossing entry — is helming back-to-back sequels due in 2021 and 2022, respectively. McQuarrie and Tom Cruise will be spending a lot of time together over the next few years, as they’re also collaborating on the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick.”

While the first four “Mission: Impossible” movies each boasted a different director — Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, and Brad Bird, respectively — McQuarrie has emerged as its main creative force. He wrote and directed “Fallout,” co-wrote and directed “Rogue Nation,” and will handle both duties on the two untitled sequels. His contributions to the series have been as popular with critics as they have with audiences, as “Fallout” received the warmest reviews in the franchise to date.

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called it one of the greatest action films ever made, writing that “not since ‘Fury Road’ have such viscerally practical effects been put to better use by such deliriously impractical people. And they’re only just getting started.”

McQuarrie first came to wide attention for writing “The Usual Suspects,” for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; his pre–”Mission: Impossible” directing credits are “The Way of the Gun” and “Jack Reacher,” with the latter marking his first collaboration with Cruise. (He also co-wrote “Edge of Tomorrow” and “The Mummy,” lest you doubt the extent of their working relationship.) The next two “M:I” sequels are expected to begin filming sometime this year.


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