Yesterday it became official: Tom Cruise will star in Mission Impossible 5. It's his series, and the last one made tons of money, so I don't think there was any question that he would. It's just that now it's official. Deadline wrote it up and everything.
What didn't get announced was Mission Impossible 5's director. The expected man for the job, Jack Reacher's Christopher McQuarrie, does not have it yet. Instead, yesterday also saw the announcement of his next film, a remake of the 1968 MGM Cold War film Ice Station Zebra (via THR). So maybe he's not making Mission Impossible 5 after all. Either that or they're waiting a long, long time to start filming. That's okay. Tom Cruise has all the time in the world. Thanks to magic.
Looking forward to new Mission Impossible films is a dubious prospect as each entry is very nearly a stand alone affair. The quality of one has little bearing on the quality of the next. If Mission Impossible 5 were directed by Brad Bird, then excitement would be warranted. But it won't be.
Hopefully we find out sooner than later who will be in charge of making Ethan Hunt go rogue this time. Christopher McQuarrie would probably be pretty good at it, but another name could surface instead.