MUMBAI: According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Tom Cruise Productions have tapped video game writer Will Staples (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3) to work on the script for the fifth Mission: Impossible film.
Academy Award winner Christopher McQuarrie is attached to direct the film, which will see the return of Cruise as Ethan Hunt. Drew Pearce, who wrote Iron Man 3, was the previous writer attached, but that was before McQuarrie signed on.
Staples' previous work has been mostly in video games. He worked on Need for Speed: Rivals. He's attached to several films in development, including Blood & Treasure, a starring and directing medium for Ben Affleck set up at Warner Bros. He also wrote Myth for Fox and the Jeremy Renner starrer King of Heists.
Tom Cruise Productions, Paramount and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot are producing Mission: Impossible 5. The previous Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, released in December 2011, reinvigorated the franchise, grossing an outstanding $694.7 million worldwide.