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Tom Cruise is ready for Mission Impossible 5, and all he really needs now is a writer and director, and a start date? Soooo, I guess you don't need me to say that this project is still in it's early stages, But what would a Mission Impossible be without Cruise as the part 5's leading man, Ethan Hunt, right? First things first. Deadline is reporting that Cruise will again be starring in and producing the film, which he's done in all of the past Mission Impossible movies. He will also be producing along side JJ Abrams' production company Bad Robot for a second time (Bad Robot also helped produced the very successful fourth installment) And Paramount and Skydance Productions will be co-financing the project.
So, who do we think could helm this project? The last movie in the franchise, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, was directed by Brad Bird, and got really great responses from audiences, and actually made more money than any other Tom Cruise movie has before. That project had a budget of about $145 million but grossed nearly $700 million bucks. Not too shabby. But traditionally the Mission Impossible films hire different directors for each, so we doubt that Bird would be back, especially if you consider the fact that the he is will be busy until December 2014 with his sci-fi project, Tomorrowland. There is a rumor that the new director could be Christopher McQuarrie. McQuarrie might be a good fit for the project since he has worked with Cruise several times in the past, and most recenty on Jack Reacher in which McQuarrie wrote and directed. Now Jack Reacher didn't do as well as many had hoped at the box office, and the reviews were just okay, but perhaps Cruise fans would give the McQuarrie/Cruise duo another chance? Since we also have no script yet, there hasn't been any word on whether or not Jeremy Renner or Paula Patton will return as their characters from Ghost Protocol.
So, there are still many questions left to be answered, but we want to know if you are ready for another mission? Do you think a fifth installment is really necessary after Ghost Protocol? And who else would you like to see take over writing or directing duties?
Give us your best guesses down in the comments section. From our studio in Hollywood, Im Erin White. -- Published on May 8, 2013