McQuarrie On “Mission: Impossible 6” Style

Christopher McQuarrie is set to return as writer/director for the sixth installment in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise – the first time a director has returned for another entry. Does his involvement mean the next one will be quite similar to this past Summer’s highly regarded “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”?

Speaking with Slashfilm, the helmer says he wants to take the sequel in a different direction and push into new territory:

“My desire as a filmmaker is to always be a better filmmaker than I was on the previous film. I’m not a filmmaker interested in stasis. I really want to grow and push myself. I think if you look at the three films I’ve done – from The Way of the Gun to Jack Reacher to Mission: Impossible – I think it’s very clear there’s a distinct voice that runs through them, and they’re each sort of expanding, in terms of the storytelling and use of technology. I’m learning on each movie the mysteries of this technical craft or that technical craft. I had things I specifically learned from this movie I want to apply to the next. I gotta imagine it’ll look different. Let’s put it this way: if it looks the same, I’ll be disappointed.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean the next film will go bigger. In fact, McQuarrie came to realise that one of the best approaches to these kinds of films is to keep it as streamlined as possible:

“I think the biggest thing I learned is you don’t always need as much as you think you do. The motorcycle sequence was originally so much bigger, so much longer, and so much more involved. There were so many action sequences in the movie. You can make a bigger movie with less, and I’m determined to do something leaner, less heavily reliant on plot, and a little stripped down.”

The next ‘Mission’ is scheduled to begin production in August ahead of a Summer 2017 release.