Mission-Impossible-Ghost-Protocol-IMAX-PosterIt’s official – Mission: Impossible 5 is a go. Tom Cruise has officially signed on to star in and produce the upcoming as-yet-untitled blockbuster. And I’m already looking forward to that iconic phrase, ‘Your mission, should you choose to accept it,’ being spoken once more on the big screen.

Deadline report that Paramount and Skydance will be working once more with Cruise, who will be developing the film alongside J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.

Brad Bird made his live-action debut behind the camera of the last instalment, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. And we’re really looking forward to hearing confirmation of who will be taking the helm for the next in the series.

For a while now, it’s been looking like it will be Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed last year’s Tom Cruise-led blockbuster, Jack Reacher. He’s also helped co-write the script for All You Need Is Kill, the Doug Liman blockbuster movie led by Cruise, which is set to hit the big screen next spring.

And it would be a welcome partnership to see Cruise and McQuarrie reunite for Mission: Impossible 5.

It’s thought that the writer and director will be finalised soon, so we should have more news on that front in the near future.

As of yet, there’s no timeline as to when we can expect M:I5 to hit theatres. Cruise is set to star opposite Armie Hammer in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which is set up at Warner Bros., who are hoping to launch a new franchise with the movie. And it’s unclear whether U.N.C.L.E. or M:I5 would go first.

The last instalment, Ghost Protocol, became the highest-grossing of the franchise to date, turning its $145m. budget into $700m. at the international box office, proving that the series was still very much alive and explosively successful.

With any luck, we’ll be hearing more about Mission: Impossible 5 in the coming days and weeks, hopefully confirming McQuarrie’s involvement at the helm and, most likely, the script.