After gracing the hearts of both critics and audiences alike, the immense success of last years ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, has set in stone what audiences want. With that, Tom Cruise has announced that both M:I 7 and 8 are in the pipeline with Christopher McQuarrie at the helm.

Both projects in the franchise will be filmed back to back with scheduled releases coming with instalment 7 in the summer of 2021 and the eighth in 2022. Avoiding any conflict with Cruise’s ‘Top Gun’ sequel, ‘Maverick’, which releases in 2020.

The long-term collaborator of Cruise, who both wrote and helmed both ‘Rogue Nation’ and ‘Fallout’, Christopher McQuarrie has jumped on board the action picture to again write and direct both films.

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And if you had any doubt that adrenaline junkie Cruise would be returning as IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, threat not, His post on Twitter almost confirms it.

McQuarrie had already made it clear he was looking to do something ‘different’ and had meeting’s with Paramount to possible work on the Michael B. Jordan lead Tom Clancy adaptation ‘Without Remorse’. Paramount has convinced him differently after the runaway success of ‘Fallout’. Wanting to build on that, we can imagine they put in an offer he simply could not refuse.

With Cruise still shooting ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ McQuarrie is looking to start putting pen to paper for ideas for the next two films, with an expected start date towards the end of 2019.