Christopher McQuarrie to Direct Next 'Mission: Impossible' Movie

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Tom Cruise returns to star in the film, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.

Christopher McQuarrie will direct the next Mission: Impossible movie for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, the studio said Monday.

Tom Cruise will return to the role of Ethan Hunt, re-teaming with McQuarrie, who directed him in 2012's Jack Reacher. The script for the fifth edition in the franchise comes from Drew Pearce, with Cruise's Tom Cruise Productions, Paramount and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot producing. David Ellison's Skydance Productions, who served as co-financers and executive producers of the last installment, will be involved in the film's development and production.

“I am thrilled to reunite with Chris for the latest installment in the Mission series," Cruise said in a statement. “I began producing the films with the goal that a different director with his own vision would make each one. Chris is an extraordinary filmmaker who will deliver the heart-pounding action and thrills that audiences around the world have come to expect from the Mission: Impossible franchise."

“The Mission series is special for its signature directors," said Adam Goodman, president of Paramount's film group. "Chris McQuarrie keeps this tradition thriving."

McQuarrie, repped by CAA and Key Creatives, follows Brad Bird, who directed the last MI film, Ghost Protocol, which earned nearly $700 million in global box office -- Cruise’s highest-grossing film to date.