Christopher McQuarrie Eyeing Return for ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Christopher McQuarrie Eyeing Return 'Mission: Impossible
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UPDATED: Following the massive success of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” Paramount and Skydance are hoping to stay in business with writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. According to sources close to the situation, McQuarrie will return to write “Mission: Impossible 6,” as well as possibly direct the next installment.

The studio and reps for McQuarrie have declined to comment, but several sources with knowledge of the situation say talks are progressing towards a deal being closed, with one insider saying that the studio plans to get production up and running by next August.

Tom Cruise is set to star with the studio also holding an option for Rebecca Ferguson to reprise her “Rogue Nation” role of Ilsa Faust. Cruise is currently filming “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” in New Orleans. Following the success of “Rogue Nation,” Paramount made it clear they wanted to move fast to get the next installment of the popular “M:I” franchise into production sometime next year.

If McQuarrie’s deal closes, it would mark a major milestone for the franchise, which has never had a director helm more than one installment.

While he has plenty in development, McQuarrie has nothing pressing on his slate that would impede him from working on an “M:I 6” script and prepping the film for a summer 2016 shoot.

He is repped by CAA and Ken Kamins at Key Creatives.

UPDATE, Nov. 30, 2015: McQuarrie confirmed on Twitter Mondaythat he will direct the next “Mission: Impossible.”

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  1. Derek117 says:

    McQuarrie deserves to come back to this series. Rogue Nation was a huge hit–and made tons of money. That’s all that matters.

    Also, I agree with bringing back Rebecca Ferguson–she was so good, some reviewers and movie-goers feel that she “stole” Rogue Nation from Cruise. Certainly her character was just as compelling as Cruise’s and she handled all of her action scenes very well. My only reservation is that she seemed a little out of shape in the bikini scene–so, either give her more time to spend at the gym before shooting or don’t film her in undies or bikini.

  2. Jenny Brown says:

    I want the entire cast back. I do not want to see Cruise with his shirt off. I want a bit less Cruise and a bit more of the others. Apart form that, I am good.

  3. harry georgatos says:

    No more impenetrable vault break-ins. No more similar stunts from the other films. No more bent IMF agents. No more Ethan disavowed and on the run. Real baddies from the world stage. A mission film that concentrates on mind-bending psychological scenarios that was the tv show.

  4. tjchurch2001 says:

    Who cares about the female lead returning?! She was a giant leap down from Patton in “Rogue Nation” or Keri Russell before her, & it’s WAY beyond time for Cruise to produce but leave the onscreen team-leading to Jeremy Renner.

    • Sharon says:

      Rebecca Ferguson was one of the highlights of Rogue Nation. She was the breakout star of the film.

    • Simon Templar says:

      Jeremy Renner to lead – ? I think you are on your own there. He was the weakest of the cast, as little as Baldwin added, Renner is just a marginal character, who should have been terminated in Rogue Nation, or at least rendered out for the next film.

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        YOU are the one on your own. Baldwin added 0 (perhaps even subtracting from the work of others), & Renner has proven (in “Rogue”, “Bourne Legacy”, & plenty of others) he deserves to be the lead, certainly more than the past-his-prime Cruise (next film should open with scenes/announcement of Hunt being promoted or somehow taken out of the field).

  5. Anonymous says:

    He has nothing else to say, sold out to the Cruise cabal of mediocrity and madness.

  6. Zoe says:

    He did a great job with Rogue Nation.I`d be more than happy if he came back to do another.

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