After the big success of 2018’s Mission Impossible: Fallout, director Christopher McQuarrie is signing on to write and direct two sequels, according to a new report. Not only that, but Variety’s report claims the sequels will shoot back-to-back so they can be released sooner to capitalise on the hype surrounding the franchise right now.
According to the report, the first would premiere in summer 2021 with the next one following a year later. McQuarrie seemingly confirmed the news on Twitter.
Shooting back-to-back is not new for movies, as Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were shot one after the other so they could be released in 2018 and 2019. All three of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies were shot in the manner, too.
Mission Impossible: Fallout, which starred a 56-year-old Tom Cruise, was a massive success commercially and critically. It made more than $791 million worldwide, which represented the biggest box office performance in the history of the Mission Impossible series. It was also well-received by critics, notching a franchise-best 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes; it was heralded as one of the best action movies of 2018.
According to Variety, the first of the sequels may start shooting in 2019. Cruise is currently filming the Top Gun sequel, while McQuarrie is keeping busy too, as he’s set to direct the new Rainbow Six movie Without Remorse starring Michael B. Jordan.
Presumably Cruise will return for the two Mission Impossible sequels, but there is no word yet on the story or what other actors may join him.