Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie seem to be best buddies now. After working together on Valkyrie, McQuarrie went on to write and direct last year’s Jack Reacher. While Reacher wasn’t a box-0ffice smash (I really enjoyed it) it did well enough to warrant a sequel and obviously proved to Paramount execs that McQuarrie can handle directing the fifth installment of their almost twenty year old franchise. I’m also pretty sure McQuarrie did some uncredited work on the fourth Mission: Impossible installment. His name was in the credits when the first trailer was released and then removed later.
Christopher McQuarrie is best known for writing 1995’s The Usual Suspects, for which he would win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. Five years later he wrote and directed The Way of the Gun, which bombed at the box office (another film of his that I enjoyed). He didn’t get back into the director’s chair until last year’s Jack Reacher. (His story of the years in between The Way of the Gun and Valkyrie is a frustrating look behind Hollywood’s closed doors and how even an Oscar winning writer can have trouble getting projects made.)
Christopher McQuarrie is one of my favorite writers (he’ll be co-writing the M:I:5 script with Drew Pearce) so I’ll be very interested to see what he brings to the franchise. He directed the action scenes in Jack Reacher well so I’m sure he’ll be a good fit. I’d love to see the fifth installment released in 2016, the twentieth anniversary of the first film. How cool would that be? Most likely we’ll get a 2015 release date.
What do you think of this choice?