Representatives for Paramount and Skydance had no comment.
Each “Mission: Impossible” movie has been directed by a different filmmaker, and McQuarrie would be the first director to return to the hit action franchise. Brian De Palma directed the first film, while subsequent installments were directed by John Woo, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird.
The next “Mission: Impossible” movie is expected to start shooting next summer, and both Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson will likely return for the sequel, according to agency sources.
Of course, the studio’s top priority right now is to close McQuarrie’s deal and hone the script. Paramount and Skydance want McQuarrie back, as “Rogue Nation” grossed nearly $700 million worldwide.
McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing “The Usual Suspects,” is represented by CAA, Key Creatives and attorney David Fox.
Variety broke the news.