It’s official, Christopher McQuarrie is coming back to make the next two Mission: Impossible films!

Variety has the news that McQuarrie has closed a deal with Paramount Pictures to tackle Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8, as he’ll write and direct the two films shooting them back-to-back.

Sources tell Variety that McQuarrie has signed back on to return to write and direct the next two films in the popular franchise. Sources also add that both films would be shot back-to-back — not unlike the final two “Avengers” sequels — in order to take advantage of the popularity of the series, with the first bowing summer 2021 and the second coming out in summer 2022. 

Mission: Impossible 7 is expected to coming out in the summer of 2021 and Mission: Impossible 8 is coming the following summer in 2022. This would suggest that filming could begin as early as next year. So much for that Edge of Tomorrow sequel happening anytime soon.

We assume that we’ll see Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and possibly Angela Bassett return for those two movies. There is also a good chance that Jeremy Renner and Vanessa Kirby could come back too.

McQuarrie recently did some rewrites on the script for Tom Cruise’s Top Gun sequel Top Gun: Maverick.

Christopher previously directed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and the franchise top earner Mission: Impossible – Fallout that nabbed an impressive $791 million last year. I personally loved Fallout and hope that Paramount allows him to go nuts with these next two installments.

SOURCE: VARIETY

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