Tom Cruise names new Mission: Impossible 5 director

Aug 5, 2013 at 7:50 p.m. ET

Tom Cruise is returning to his old stomping ground — the Mission Impossible franchise. For his fifth outing, he's hired new blood to take over the directing reigns.

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie Tom Cruise has been a busy man. Aside from promoting his upcoming film Edge of Tomorrow, he's been finalizing the crew for Mission: Impossible 5. The tentatively titled sequel has found a director in Christopher McQuarrie.

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The name should sound familiar as McQuarrie and Cruise are longtime collaborators. In recent years they've been attached to the same projects. For example, McQuarrie directed the actor in last year's Jack Reacher. He also wrote Edge of Tomorrow as well as Cruise's 2008 drama, Valkyrie.

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Monday, Paramount released an official statement from Cruise confirming the news.

“I am thrilled to reunite with Chris for the latest installment in the Mission series," said Cruise. “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.”

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The Mission: Impossible series is one of the most successful franchises of all time. It's grossed over $2 billion to date, with the last (Ghost Protocol) earning $700 million worldwide. It's currently the highest-grossing film in Cruise's long-running career.

Cruise will reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in the sequel that's expected to hit theaters in 2015. Once again, he'll co-produce under his Tom Cruise Productions alongside Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.

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