In 2011 ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’ released to a warm welcome claiming a mighty $700 million in worldwide box office revenues, well ahead of its predecessor which levelled out just short of $400 million. The message behind all this? Cruise remains a bankable action hero and has gone on to confirm this with solid audience reception to both ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Jack Reacher’, the latter of which is gearing up for a sequel.
So where does this all leave the Mission Impossible franchise? Well, in a very happy place as Mission Impossible 5 has now been officially announced with Cruise to return as Ethan Hunt.
Nothing further has been confirmed so far, both the writer and director are either being kept under wraps or haven’t been selected so far, and no word on a possible release date at this point. What has been confirmed however is that JJ Abrams production company ‘Bad Robot’ will still be involved in the series.
Other than that, let the speculation begin! Will Abrams return to direct a new instalment? Not a chance, he’ll be far too busy with Star Wars for the time being. There has been speculation that Cruise’s director from ‘Jack Reacher’ Christopher McQuarrie might be up for the task, but we’ll have to wait on confirmation.