Mission officially accepted! Director Christopher McQuarrie has signed on for double the Mission: Impossible.
McQuarrie's return comes after delivering the highest grossing installment of the franchise to date with last year's Mission: Impossible -- Fallout. That film earned an impressive $791 million at the worldwide box office on a $178 million budget, and now Paramount is ensuring the director sticks around for the next two installments.
The news was first reported by Variety, with the director quickly taking to Twitter to confirm the news himself. McQuarrie's response to the news was a rather simple Tweet that made it clear he'd signed on for two more films, without offering much more information.
While little remains known regarding the next two installments, we do at least now that both films, which will indeed be filmed back to back, will hit theaters in Summer 2021 and Summer 2022, respectively.
Series star and frequent McQuarrie collaborator, Tom Cruise confirmed the films' release dates on Twitter following the news.
The decision to release the next film in 2021 is partially due to another Cruise/Paramount team-up that's on the way -- Top Gun: Maverick. The studio reportedly wants to (understandably) avoid conflict between the two.
Along with signing on to direct the new two installments, McQuarrie is also set to write the films and will begin writing at least the first film as Cruise continues work on the Top Gun sequel, which should wrap filming soon. It's currently expected that production will kick-off sometime this year, although an official start time has yet to be confirmed.