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Belay the self-destruct sequence, we have another mission ahead. Pretty much as soon as Brad Bird's 'Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol' hit theaters, the possibility of a fifth installment to the franchise was discussed. This was not surprising given how much money these things to make, and given how much 'Ghost Protocol' ended up raking in as well. In the ensuing months, it was revealed that Brad Bird would not be returning to helm the fifth movie, again not surprising considering each film in this series has boasted a different director. Then it was rumored that Christopher McQuarrie, who directed 'Mission: Impossible' franchise star Tom Cruise in 'Jack Reacher,' would be taking over for the next chapter. Still one question remained, however: would Cruise be returning to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt? Today, we have our answer. Skydance and Paramount have made a deal that will find Cruise both starring in and producing 'Mission: Impossible 5.' As of this posting, a finalized deal has not been made with McQuarrie.
I've said it before, but no matter what your feelings toward Cruise as a person, the guy is a natural, dyed-in-the-wool movie star. Me, I think he's totally bugnuts off screen, but that doesn't change the fact that the camera loves him and he knows how to carry a Blockbuster. In this case, he is fundamentally necessary to the stability of a blockbuster franchise. I will say that I'm really glad the last two films have expanded out to explore more of the team dynamic, as that was what defined the television series on which these movies were originally based, but I still can't imagine a 'Mission: Impossible' movie without Cruise as Ethan Hunt. Frankly, we all knew he'd be back, this just confirms it. The real lynchpin at this point is the director and/or writer. If McQuarrie lands the gig, I'll be happy. He's got a solid relationship with Cruise that includes brutal action sequences that would benefit this series greatly. Yet I can't help but find myself holding out the smallest sliver of hope that Garreth Evans ('The Raid: Redemption') will end up securing the job. Pipe dream? Perhaps, but how amazing would that be?
What do you guys think? Are you happy and/or surprised that Cruise is back? Would McQuarrie make a suitable director?