Paramount will deliver a tentpole sequel to good little boys and girls a couple of Christmases from now. The studio said today that Mission: Impossible 5this one directed by Christopher McQuarrie — will hit megaplexes on December 25, 2015. It’ll go up against Ben Affleck’s Live By Night and DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3, which arrives two days earlier. There’s also a little picture known as Star Wars: Episode VII to contend with. Disney announced last week that its juggernaut will bow the weekend before. Tom Cruise is returning for another go-round as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 5, and as producer, a job he’ll share with J.J. Abrams. Drew Pearce is scripting the pic for Paramount and Skydance Productions.

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