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File this announcement under “Duh.”

While it’s been rumored since Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol banked nearly $700 million worldwide it’s only just become official that Tom Cruise will be returning for a fifth impossible mission. You’d think by this point the IMF would simply accept that the missions being given to Ethan Hunt are actually possible after all, but I’m no secret agent so what do I know.

Details as to who will direct, write and co-star are still probably months away (at least), but it’s confirmed that Cruise will produce alongside J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot shingle. Brad Bird directed the fourth installment to the series’ greatest heights, but the rumor mill has Christopher McQuarrie on tap to helm the latest.

He’s a frequent Cruise collaborator, most recently as the writer/director of the wonderfully entertaining ’90s throwback, Jack Reacher. While that film has made enough money globally to make Paramount interested in a sequel its domestic box-office suggests audiences prefer Cruise in larger scale productions. The question is, can McQuarrie handle something as big as a Mission: Impossible movie? And if not McQuarrie, then who else should be handed the reigns?

Easy. Give it to Gareth Evans or Joe Cornish and let McQuarrie get to work on a script for Jack Reacher 2.

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