Tom Cruise And Christopher McQuarrie Are Teaming Up For A “Gnarlier” Project Following ‘Mission: Impossible’

Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie are pretty much inseparable now. Beginning with 2008’s Valkyrie, the two have worked together a total of eight times, with two more coming up with the next Mission: Impossible sequels. And clearly it has worked out for them both, so why quit there?

Speaking on the Light the Fuse podcast (via TheWrap), McQuarrie revealed that he and Cruise are teaming up yet again after 2024’s Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part Two, and this project is what he calls “gnarlier” than what they’ve been doing…

“It’s kind of under wraps,” McQuarrie said. “It has neither a fuse nor a fuselage. Oh that’s not true. It does have some fuselages. It’s something we’ve talked about for a really long time. It’s way outside of what you’re used to seeing Tom do. It’s the kind of stuff I really love. It’s a little bit more in my wheelhouse. And yet it takes everything we’ve learned on this journey, which is making movies more and more about emotion and real emotional experiences.”

McQuarrie added, “That’s what you’re feeling when you’re watching ‘Top Gun’ – it’s me and Tom squeezing your adrenals for every emotion. Now we’re applying that to something that is gnarlier.”

Could we be seeing a return to McQuarrie’s earlier, smaller-scale work like The Usual Suspects or The Way of the Gun? With Cruise involved, that could be pretty amazing.

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