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5 Directors Who Could Take Over From Brad Bird On 'Mission: Impossible 5'

by Oliver Lyttelton
April 18, 2012 10:00 AM
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Honorable Mentions: As we've said, Cruise is calling the shots here, and he'll probably meet with all kinds of hot young talent. As we debated this list over the Playlist watercooler names like Cornish, Rian Johnson and Nicolas Winding Refn came up. But the reality is, they're all filmmakers principally interested in their own original ideas. Johnson's the most viable of the three (he had meetings with Cruise about starring in "The Brothers Bloom," and looks to have wet his action whistle with "Looper"), but will probably have his own toys to play with, while Cornish told us he turned down the latest "Die Hard" because he felt it was too big a step up from his debut, and Refn is meant to be doing "Logan's Run" in the near future, if it gets that far.

More realistic choices might include people like Daniel Espinosa (although he could be tied up with Yakuza thriller "The Outsider"), "Lost" director Jack Bender, who recently bailed on the Jack Ryan franchise, Francis Lawrence (now on the list for "Catching Fire"), Justin Lin or Joseph Kosinski, who's currently working with Cruise on "Oblivion." Similarly, Christopher McQuarrie just directed "One Shot" with Cruise (they also teamed on "Valkyrie"), and did an ultimately uncredited rewrite on 'Ghost Protocol' -- if "One Shot"'s a hit, he might end up top of the list. Sam Raimi is still working on "Oz The Great and Powerful," but he could be an option if he doesn't mind diving right back into franchise territory again, while Tony Scott, Louis Leterrier, Timur Bekmambetov, Jon Chu and Bryan Singer all regularly have their names come up for projects like this, these days, to which list you can now add Josh Trank who is increasingly in demand after "Chronicle."

More off-the-wall choices might include "Kung Fu Panda 2" director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Cary Fukunaga, Oren Moverman, Ben Wheatley, Park Chan-Wook or John Hillcoat, but very few seem realistic (even if darker names like David Fincher and Joe Carnahan were both attached to "Mission: Impossible III" at various points, the fact they didn't work out might make Cruise more gun-shy.) But what about "21 Jump Street" helmers Phil Lord & Chris Miller, who could find time between their work on "Lego," or Morten Tyldum, who pulled off a strong Hollywood audition with "Headhunters." What about you? Who would you like to see fill out the director's chair for the fifth "Mission: Impossible"?

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  • Francis | April 24, 2012 1:08 PMReply

    Fred Cavayé. Point Blank was a fun adrenaline flick and he could bring Jean Dujardin to the party.

  • Bret | April 24, 2012 12:50 PMReply

    Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper)

  • Abdul-Rahmaan Houser | April 23, 2012 2:43 PMReply

    I'm thinking maybe John Singleton or F. Gary Gray. Maybe Charles Stone III or Tim Story.

  • chris | April 22, 2012 10:40 AMReply

    My 3 picks would be

    Kathryn Bigelow
    Edgar Wright
    Nic wending Refn

    Bigelow can do it, and put the "Hurt Locker" touch to it. Wright is an inspired choice. i expect a fun thrill ride like Bird did with 4(maybe wackier). Refn is so bad-ass but his films are slow(this is not a criticism). Paramount and MI audiences won't go for it. though his new film seems to be a change of pace as the reports say(fast paced action film).

    if Wright does it, it would be Wackier and really really fun. oh and i agree with the Chris Nolan and Jim Cameron not doing this. A list filmmakers does MI even if it's a sort of sequel(you know what i mean). but those directors don't have Franchises with them. Nolan already has Batman movies. he wants to do his own stories outside of that Comic book picture

  • Kyle | April 19, 2012 6:41 PMReply

    Love to see Ruben Fliescher do it. I loved Zombieland's energy and love how he cast Gangster Squad.

  • Connor | April 19, 2012 4:45 PMReply

    I would like Frederic Jardin to do it, but Bryan Singer would be good too.

  • Lee | April 19, 2012 12:00 PMReply

    Gareth Evans?? the heck.
    even the worst M.I movie still better than The Raid.
    his script made me want to throw a guy through bulletproof glasses.

  • geha714 | April 19, 2012 9:50 AMReply

    Favreau would be interesting.

    My choice: Edgar Wright.

  • Joe | April 18, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    "Lockout" was "surprisingly well-received"? 31 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 48 on MetaCritic....hardly "well-received." I mean, every movie has a stable of defenders, so I'm sure you can find a contingent of people impressed by it. But let's not pretend that it got strong reviews overall.

  • Timothy E. RAW | April 18, 2012 11:56 AMReply

    Bigelow for a Jeremy Renner re-team would be great and surely Joe Carnahan must be in the running given his history with Cruise?

  • easy company | April 18, 2012 11:42 AMReply

    why all obvious choices with history in action movies?de palma,j.j. nore bird were not obvious,action directors.
    while ill agree about matt reeves i will say that my 3 choices right now would be guys who did 21 jump street,rian johnson and drew goddard.
    but next m:i is at leist 3 years away from filming so who knows who might show up by then.
    maybe kathryn bigelow???'

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