Mission: Impossible 5 appears to be a task that star, Tom Cruise has chosen to accept. Barring whether the message will self-destruct, Deadline reports that the actor has indeed signed a deal to yet again reprise his role as espionage agent, Ethan Hunt in the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled fifth film.
According to the report, studios, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have confirmed that the deal to bring back Cruise is done. While the specifics on the "whos" and the "whats" remain played close to their chests, the report strongly espouses the narrative that director, Christopher McQuarrie may be the man to take the helm this time around. With McQuarrie having directed Cruise in recent efforts like last year's Jack Reacher and the 2008 historical World War II drama, Valkyrie and was even at one time penning the apparently-aborted Top Gun 2 script, it seems that the actor is interested in reprising this collaboration for his signature action vehicle.
Of course, the Mission: Impossible series, while never incredibly deep, have always proven to be the proverbial litmus test for the state of action films at any given time. Starting with director Brian De Palma's stylish 1996 original update of the 1960's TV show, John Woo's bevy of bullet-time slow-motion in the 2000 sequel, J.J. Abrams's gritty shaky-cam kidnapping epic in 2006's third film, and Brad Bird's intense, on-the-run, sky-walking fourth film in 2011, they've all provided solid snapshots of the action genre. Also, as evidenced by the $695 million global take of that last film, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, it still clearly has no problem finding audiences.
As for Cruise himself, say what you will about him, but the man knows how to carry an action flick. He'll be going into this "fivequel" riding high off the (thus far) $222.6 million worldwide gross of this year's futuristic thriller, Oblivion. (Not bad at all for a non-sequel.) He's also gearing up for another updated take on a 60's spy show with director, Guy Ritchie when he stars in The Man from U.N.C.L..E. alongside Armie Hammer. Thus, any reports on the demise of his bankability have been greatly exaggerated.
Mission: Impossible 5 looks to do giant bungee jumps onto Oprah's couches at theaters probably sometime in 2015.