Mission: Impossible 5, the recently confirmed sequel to Tom Cruise's signature action franchise will reportedly be working off a script from the writer of the current record-breaking box-office king, Iron Man 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter, Drew Pearce will pen this next entry in the long-running spy series.
Pearce, certainly riding high at the moment with a hugely-successful and lucrative box-office giant now on his resume, actually has his future dance card punched, having worked on the screenplay for Guillermo del Toro's "giant monsters vs. giant robots" summer epic, Pacific Rim and is even typing away at putting more words in Robert Downey Jr.'s mouth with the Sherlock Holmes 3 script. Procuring Mi5 certainly is the latest cherry on top of what seems to be a cake year for the wordsmith.
Coupling the report of the film's new scribe with last week's announcement that Cruise himself has indeed been locked-in for his fifth go as espionage agent, Ethan Hunt, the trifecta needed for this film to move forward now waits for confirmation on who will occupy the director's chair. At the moment, the predominant rumor is that Christopher McQuarrie, who recently directed Cruise in last year's Jack Reacher and 2008's Valkyrie was the helmer with whom Cruise was most interested in collaborating for Mi5. In fact, THR's report implies that McQuarrie is currently "in discussions" to take the job.
Mission: Impossible 5 (not the official title) is probably brainstorming a clever, but disappointing villain twist for when it hits theaters at a date to be determined. (Although 2015 seems to be a safe ballpark estimate.)