Tom Cruise Signs On For ‘Mission Impossible 5,’ But Who Will Direct?

Tom Cruise has officially signed on for Mission Impossible 5, but with the franchise star in the bag, everyone is wondering who will direct IMF Agent Ethan Hunt’s latest adventure.

Film outlets are in a bit of a twist over MI:V‘s director, who has yet to be selected. It’s not all bad, though. Every single Mission Impossible film has had a different director. They’re a bit like James Bond films that way, with the only consistent creative links between the films being Cruise, Paula Wagner (producer, 1-3) and J.J. Abrams (director, 3, producer, 4).

Mission Impossible 5 is also still in its very early stages. The only piece of furniture nailed to the ground so far is Cruise. The film still needs a script, heck, a plot. And so far, we haven’t heard how much Abrams or his Bad Robot production company are putting into the film (they’re too busy with a film set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away).

Though Brad Bird did a phenomenal job with Ghost Protocol, no one is really talking about bringing him back right now. Smart money is on Paramount selecting another high-profile and talented director to give it a go (like we said, James Bond-style).

Deadlinereports that Christopher McQuarrie’s name is being tossed around as a possibility. Most recently directing Jack Reacher, another Cruise action vehicle, McQuarrie and Cruise have been frequent collaborators for a long time now, and there might not be anyone better suited for Mission Impossible 5 at the moment.

Whoever is selected to direct the latest action flick is taking on a $2 billion franchise. No pressure.

Who do you think would be a good director for Mission Impossible 5?