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Christopher McQuarrie Accepts Back-to-Back ‘Mission: Impossible’ Sequels

Written by on January 15, 2019 

It’s rare for a blockbuster to make our top 50 films of any given year, but the fact that Mission: Impossible – Fallout not only ranked, but made the top 5 of 2018 is a testament to just how expertly the thrills–and all the moments in between–were conceived, courtesy of director Christopher McQuarrie. The director is now set to continue his mission as he’s just signed on for two sequels, which will be shot back-to-back.

Variety reports that the seventh and eighth films in the franchise will arrive in the summer of 2021 and 2022, respectively, with McQuarrie writing and directing both. Although the director said he’d “rather have leprosy” than face the expectations of following up Fallout, it looks like Tom Cruise has convinced him once again as he’s doubled down.

McQuarrie, a close collaborator with the star, has directed the last two Mission: Impossible films, as well as doing script work on Ghost Protocol. With him now directing four films in the franchise in a row, it means they’ve definitively moved away from bringing on fresh voices, but considering Fallout hit a series record high with nearly $800 million worldwide and was virtually universally beloved, we can’t fault Paramount’s choice.

As production likely begins sometime next year, check out both confirmations below.

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