'Mission: Impossible' Director Signs on for Two More, Passing on DC Movies

The director of the Mission: Impossible series will return for two more, passing on an offer by Warner Bros. to direct DC movies to do so. Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 (actual names still unknown) were first announced on Twitter by series star Tom Cruise with release dates in the summer of 2021 and 2022.

On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Christopher McQuarrie will helm the seventh and eighth installments of Paramount’s golden goose film series, which has starred Tom Cruise since 1995. THR further states that McQuarrie fielded offers from rival studios, including Warner Bros. which reportedly offered the director DC superhero projects.

McQuarrie came aboard for 2015’s Rogue Nation — a film that famously dangled Cruise off a moving airplane — and became the first director in the series’ history to return for a second film, 2018’s Fallout. Fallout was a critical and commercial hit, earning over $791 million worldwide and was crowned “Best Action Movie” at the Critics Choice Awards last Sunday.

While there is little to speculate regarding the stories of either film, you can bet that the next two films will have at least a coherent plot, witty banter between Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his crack team of IMF agents, exotic locales, and at least a few breathtaking stunts that will be filmed for real. Even if it takes place somewhere really crazy, like, on the Moon.

Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 will be released in 2021 and 2022.