Earlier this afternoon it was reported that Tom Cruise has officially decided to come back as Ethan Hunt in the fifth Mission: Impossible movie, but an added twist to the story suggested that Jack Reacher's Christopher McQuarrie is still the top choice to direct. It turns out that might actually be a difficult trick to pull off, as the filmmaker has just committed himself to making a completely different project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, McQuarrie - who is best known for winning the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for his Usual Suspects script - is now attached to both write and direct Ice Station Zebra, a remake of the Cold War thriller from 1968 that starred Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan and Ernest Borgnine. Based on the novel by Alistair McLean, the story is about an American submarine that races the Soviets "to retrieve sensitive photographic material in the Arctic." THR says that the director's commitment to the new film "may" affect his ability to do Mission: Impossible 5, but that the situation is a bit up in the air now because neither project has created a timetable or announced a release date.
McQuarrie mades his directorial debut all the way back in 2000 with the violent crime thriller The Way of the Gun, but didn't direct again until 2012's Jack Reacher. Instead he kept busy with the pen, credited for movies like 2008's Valkyrie (which first teamed him up with Tom Cruise), The Tourist and Jack The Giant Slayer. His work will next be seen later this summer in James Mangold's The Wolverine.
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