Director Christopher McQuarrie on Whether He'd Return for Mission: Impossible 7

Now that Mission: Impossible – Fallout has taken its second number one weekend, people are starting to talk about another entry in the series. Director Christopher McQuarrie is the first to direct more than one film in the franchise, so of course people are wondering if he'll be coming back again — even more so since McQuarrie had said he wasn't returning after Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. While on Empire's Spoiler Podcast (via Collider) McQuarrie addressed whether or not he'd consider coming back again.

"[Fallout editor] Eddie Hamilton, every day in the editing room was like, 'Come on, man, it's obviously a trilogy you're coming back, you have to finish it, you didn't kill Lane,' and I was like, 'It's somebody else's problem.' Tom has asked, the studio has asked, and I was like, 'You know maybe I've got an idea for…' and then the reviews came out and I was like, 'Get outta here. Just stop.' I felt so bad for the director of Mission 6 and I feel even worse of the director of 7. I'd rather have leprosy than be in the position of the person having to confront the pressure of the hyperbole of this movie on their first day of shooting the film. It's too much to confront. I'd need a long nap before I could contemplate it."

Director Christopher McQuarrie on Whether He'd Return for Mission: Impossible 7

McQuarrie has put himself in a rough position by being almost too competent. He explains that since he re-wrote the end of Rogue Nation on the fly and changed the middle of Fallout during the break they had to take because star Tom Cruise broke his ankle — not to mention he went into both movies with incomplete scripts — Paramount Pictures thinks it's easy for him now.

"The worst part is they're like you don't need a script, you don't need to prep—you've done it twice!"

We're still a long ways away from knowing whether or not McQuarrie will be returning, but considering the critical and commercial reception to Fallout, we can assume Paramount started calling McQuarrie on the Monday morning after release. We can hope his phone was on silent so they didn't wake him up from the much-deserved long nap.

Summary: Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is directed by Christoper McQuarrie, stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, Alec Baldwin, Angela Bassett, and it's in theaters now.

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