It was expected, but Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie has taken to Twitter today to confirm that he’ll be returning to helm the sixth instalment of this long running franchise. This announcement has been expected for a while, especially as the success of the last two movies has made Paramount keen to make Mission: Impossible a more regular fixture in cinemas (remember that the first was released back in 1996).

Production on Mission: Impossible 6 is expected to begin in August next year, so chances are that we’ll see the next instalment as soon as 2017. McQuarrie is expected to both direct and write the next one, while Tom Cruise will of course be reprising the role of Ethan Hunt.

By taking the helm of Mission: Impossible 6, McQuarrie will become the first filmmaker to helm more than just a single instalment. Brian De Palma directed Mission: Impossible, and the sequels which followed were tackled by John Woo, J.J, Abrams and Brad Bird.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation earned over $682 million at the worldwide box office earlier this year, so it’s hardly a surprise that McQuarrie is being brought back, especially after he’s developed a strong working relationship with Cruise after previously directing him in Jack Reacher. We’ll hopefully learn more about Mission: Impossible 6 early next year…