After scripting the biggest hit of 2013, “Iron Man 3,” it’s no surprise that screenwriter Drew Pearce has moved on to a similarly big project. It’s being reported that Pearce has signed on to pen the screenplay for the upcoming “Mission: Impossible” sequel “Mi5.”
The Hollywood Reporter has the news, confirming that Paramount Pictures has hired Pearce to write the script. Tom Cruise is expected to both produce and star in the film once he’s done with his next feature, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
By the time Cruise is done with Guy Ritchie’s “U.N.C.L.E.,” “Mi5″ should be ready for a fall filming start date. Story details of the next “Mission: Impossible” movie are being kept a secret, and it’s unclear of Jeremy Renner will be reprising his role as William Brandt. Christopher McQuarrie is still in discussions to the direct the film, though he hasn’t been locked down yet.
“We’ve been talking about it, yes,” McQuarrie recently told MTV News. “We’re figuring it out right now. I’m looking at pictures from all over the world and just deciding what invites action.”
In addition to “Mission: Impossible 5,” Pearce is also said to be working on an original spec script that will be his directorial debut. He also helped develop “Pacific Rim” and is said to be attached to write “Sherlock Holmes 3.”
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