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Christopher McQuarrie (left), Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike (C) during the South Korean promotion of “Jack Reacher” last winter.Christopher McQuarrie (left), Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike (C) during the South Korean promotion of “Jack Reacher” last winter.LOS ANGELES, Aug 7 — Christopher McQuarrie will direct the fifth episode of the “Mission: Impossible” series, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have revealed.

“Mission: Impossible 5” will see Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise working together once more, after their collaboration last year on “Jack Reacher,” a violent thriller that earned critical acclaim, based on a book by Lee Child.

McQuarrie shouldn’t have a hard time getting into the “Mission: Impossible” atmosphere, as he took part in writing the last one: “Ghost Protocol” in 2011, directed by Brad Bird.

Started in 1996, the “Mission: Impossible” saga is based on a famous espionage TV series from the 1960-1970s. The four previous adventures of agent Ethan Hunt made over US$2 billion (RM6 billion) in total throughout the world.

Each film has been directed by a different director — Brian De Palma, John Woo, JJ Abrams or Brad Bird, soon to be joined by Christopher McQuarrie. — AFP/Relaxnews

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