Director Christopher McQuarrie of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout has signed a deal with Paramount Pictures to return for the next two films in the Mission: Impossible series. The seventh and eight installments in the Mission: Impossible franchise will release in the summers of 2021 and 2022 respectively and will be shot back-to-back. Both Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie confirmed the news on their respective social media accounts.
The last film in the two-decade running series Mission: Impossible – Fallout was a smash success for Paramount. It pulled in $790 million worldwide, a huge improvement from the earlier movies and was widely praised by critics and audiences for its impressive action, almost all of which was done for real by lead Tom Cruise. It appears Parmount have now found their David Yates as they appear to have settled on McQuarrie after constantly dabbling with director for each of the earlier movies.
Tom Cruise is currently shooting for Top Gun: Maverick and McQuarrie will use that time to write out the scripts for (possibly) both movies. Filming is expected to begin some time in 2019 (presumably fall) and will continue through 2020 for the back-to-back films, much like Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
It’s possible Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 (whatever they end up being officially titled) will follow the exploits of Ethan Hunt with some connection to the previous two movies, unlike the past where all the Mission: Impossible movies have had largely standalone narratives. With Tom Cruise’s age approaching the 60s, these two could also possibly be the final films in the series, or at least the final films featuring Ethan Hunt doing his daredevil stunts, before he retires to a more behind-the-scenes role. Paramount wouldn’t want to give up this renewed franchise so easily so it remains to be seen how they plan on continuing the series after 2022.
Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie and see Tom Cruise reprising his role as Impossible Missions Force chief Ethan Hunt. We’ll provide updates on the movies as and when they develop so stay tuned.