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Christopher McQuarrie Will Give Colin Firth 'Three To Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 9:11 PM
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Christopher McQuarrie Colin Firth Three To Kill
It looks like Hollywood has found a hot new author to adapt. Sort of. You might not know the name of late French author Jean-Patrick Manchette, but his work is living up on the big screen. Sean Penn is already starring in an adaptation of the author's "La Position du tireur couché" (aka "Prone Gunman" aka "The Gunman"), and now another big star is ready to put on his action pants with Manchette's work.

'Mission: Impossible 5' Gets Christmas Day 2015 Release Date

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 13, 2013 7:23 PM
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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pay for the fifth time to see the further adventure installments of Ethan Hunt. Yep, Paramount has set a date for "Mission Impossible 5" which is now scheduled for a Christmas 2015 release.

Christopher McQuarrie To Direct Big Screen Adaptation Of '70s Japanese Animation Series 'Star Blazers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 12:55 PM
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Christopher McQuarrie, 'Star Blazers'
Let's take a step back in time, shall we? Way back in 2011, Skydance snapped up the rights to the 1970s Japanese animation series "Star Blazers," and tapped Christopher McQuarrie to write the script for a big budget live-action film version, and then nothing was heard from it again. Well, franchise opportunities never die and this one is back on the radar.

Christopher McQuarrie Chooses To Accept Directing 'Mission: Impossible 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 5:25 PM
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Even though he's been playing it cagey and cool, this news is hardly shocking. As far back as last fall, prior to the release of "Jack Reacher," Christopher McQuarrie was expected to write and direct "Mission: Impossible 5" for his bud Tom Cruise. Even earlier this year he was undecided on directing and attached himself to some other projects along the way, including Warner Bros. long developing remake of "Ice Station Zebra" and a U.S. adaptation of the U.K. miniseries, "Unforgiven." But it looks like he's accepting the mission.

Scott Frank Out, Christopher McQuarrie Back To Write & Direct Adaptation Of U.K. Miniseries 'Unforgiven'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2013 10:26 PM
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This is how it goes sometimes in Hollywood. You work on a project, it leaves your hands and then it somehow circles back and lands on your desk. Way back in 2010, Christopher McQuarrie was hired on to adapt the U.K. miniseries "Unforgiven" into a feature film, with Angelina Jolie being eyed to lead. A little more than a year later, "Minority Report," "Out Of Sight," and "Get Shorty" writer and "The Lookout" writer/director Scott Frank took it over. And once again, the project has changed hands.

Christopher McQuarrie To Write & Direct Remake Of '60s Thriller 'Ice Station Zebra'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 7, 2013 12:47 PM
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For a guy who claimed to have once alienated himself from the film industry, Christopher McQuarrie now seems to have a couple of options on his plate. While he’s still trying to decide whether or not to helm “Mission: Impossible 5” that just saw Tom Cruise officially sign on, Warner Bros. has now given McQuarrie the chance to write and direct a project that’s long been gestating at their studio.

It's Official: Tom Cruise Will Be Back For 'Mission: Impossible 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2013 6:17 PM
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Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
While the varying results of "Rock Of Ages," "Jack Reacher" and "Oblivion" may suggest that Tom Cruise isn't always a guaranteed box office draw, at least within the franchise of "Mission: Impossible" he's unstoppable. "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" was the highest grossing of the bunch, reaching nearly $700 million worldwide, almost $150 million more than the next most successful effort, "Mission: Impossible II." Naturally, Paramount didn't waste any time in putting a sequel into development, and while that was over a year ago, the project is now beginning to come back to life.

Christopher McQuarrie Wishes He Could Remake 'Way of the Gun,' Admits He "Alienated" Himself From The Film Industry

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 26, 2013 10:43 AM
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Last year's Tom Cruise actioner “Jack Reacher” held a trifecta of curious elements: The controversial casting of its star, Werner Herzog's brief villainous turn, and, most importantly, the return of Christopher McQuarrie to the director's chair. After helming “The Way Of The Gun” in 2000, McQuarrie shunned the spotlight to serve as script doctor to Hollywood's elite, but after his latest film experience, he's re-emerged to comment on his career in his typically candid manner.

Christopher McQuarrie Still Undecided On Whether He Should Direct 'Mission: Impossible 5'; Should He Be?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 11:42 AM
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It's probably safe to say that "Jack Reacher" didn't quite do the business that Paramount was hoping for. After Tom Cruise took "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" to nearly $700 million worldwide, we can't blame anyone for thinknig that the actor had rebounded from bad publicity and middling efforts like "Knight & Day." So he was put in the lead of "Jack Reacher," a potential franchise starter that will likely wind up with nearly $200 million worldwide. Profitable for sure, but with Asian audiences essentially deciding if the series lives or dies, it's not the outing everyone involved was hoping for. Which brings us to Christopher McQuarrie...

David Oyelowo Talks The '70s Influences Of 'Jack Reacher,' Says Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Is 'Forrest Gump'-Esque

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 21, 2012 12:24 PM
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David Oyelowo is one of those actors who has had a very, very good year. He started off 2012 by being a part of George Lucas' World War II epic "Red Tails," made a splash with the Cannes debut of Lee Daniels' pulpy "The Paperboy," and is closing out the year with two high-profile performances – he can be seen briefly at the start of Steven Spielberg's beloved "Lincoln" and stars as one of the heavies in the hotly anticipated "Jack Reacher," where he stars alongside Tom Cruise in the first adaptation of Lee Child's wildly popular book series.

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