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 5 — this 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.
HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 7, 2013) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions has announced that Tom Cruise has signed-on to star and produce a 5th installment in the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise. The actor will reprise the role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996.
The project is expected to announce a writer and also a director shortly and will be developed by Cruise, Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, who served as producers on previous films in the hit series. Skydance Productions, who served as co-financers and executive producers of the last installment will work closely with the team in the development and production process.