Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

Earlier this month, we reported to you that three things were happening—Mission: Impossible 5 was indeed happening, that Tom Cruise would definitely return to star as Ethan Hunt, and that his Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is the person most likely to helm the film (his name keeps popping up as the most likely candidate).  Now, we have one more name to add to the roster: Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce will write the Mission: Impossible 5 script.

Why has Drew Pearce been selected?  Well, it could be that his Iron Man 3 script (co-written and directed by Shane Black, who has also written such perfect screenplays as Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) went on to become the film with the second highest opening weekend ever—something, as Total Film points out, that can give a writer just a bit of cache in Hollywood.

McQuarrie has yet to be confirmed as the director, but it only seems to be a matter of time at this point.

Production of the fifth Mission: Impossible film is set to begin in the fall of 2013, once filming is completed on Cruise’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

What do you think of the MI news?

Source: Total Film