Depp has Burton. Crowe has Scott. Deniro has Scorsese. Dicaprio has Scorsese 2.0. Throughout history, almost every big name actor has had a go-to director. Bogart had Huston. Grant had Hitchcock. Lemmon had Wilder. Tom Cruise has always fascinated me because he constantly looks for new talent. This is a man who has done films with Kubrick, Scorsese, Coppola, Spielberg, P.T. Anderson, and yet he never works with the same director more than twice. However, it appears that after three decades on the A-list, Tom Cruise may have finally found his other half.
Jack Reacher writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to direct the next installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise with Tom Cruise. Though this would only mark their second collaboration as a director-actor combo, McQuarrie is a frequent writer for the international star. After penning Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie, McQuarrie was hired to write the script for The Tourist back when Tom Cruise was attached as the lead. He also co-wrote Champions for Cruise/Wagner productions, a film that never went into production. Afterwards, Cruise gave the screenwriter his first directing job on Reacher. Next year, Tom Cruise can be seen killing aliens in Edge of Tomorrow—which went through rewrites from Christopher McQuarrie.
Although it’s still too early to call, we may be seeing another famous collaboration in the making. M:I:5 is eyeing a 2015 release date.