UPDATE: Christopher McQuarrie’s official duties on the next Mission: Impossible film are writing, directing, and producing, EW has learned. Also producing are Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, David Ellison, and Dana Goldberg.
EARLIER: Christopher McQuarrie has chosen to accept his next mission.
The Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director confirmed on Twitter that he’d be returning for the next installment in the adventures of Ethan Hunt. (So far, the tweet hasn’t self destructed.)
McQuarrie wrote and directed Rogue Nation, and he’s teamed up with Tom Cruise on other films like Edge of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher.
McQuarrie’s return marks the first time a director has helmed two Mission: Impossible movies. While no casting information for Mission: Impossible 6 has been announced yet, Tom Cruise told Jon Stewart during a Daily Show appearance this summer that he was planning to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt. “We’re starting to work on it now,” Cruise said about the possibility of a sixth movie. “We’ll probably start shooting it next summer.”
Earlier this month, McQuarrie told EW that if he did return to Mission: Impossible, one of the biggest challenges would be coming up with a wilder stunt than dangling off the side of a moving airplane, as Cruise did in Rogue Nation.
“That was the challenge that was put to me immediately after we did it,” McQuarrie told EW. “As soon as we landed, somebody said, ‘What are you gonna do now?’ I’ve been thinking about it ever since, and I’ve got a secret little list that may or may not happen.”