Tom Cruise is keen to step back into the shoes of Ethan Hunt as soon as possible with the movie star talking up plans for the next sequel. Speaking on The Daily Show, Cruise was promoting the release of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and was asked about the possibility of a sixth entry in the franchise. 

“We’re starting to work on it now. We’ll probably start shooting it next summer.”

There was a sense of concern over Rogue Nation when Paramount decided to move the date by five months. Usually, this means a delay of some kind, and then the internet goes crazy speculating over what that means. However, Rogue Nation was shifted up by five months from its Christmas release to a prime spot on the summer schedule. The shoot only wrapped on March 12, so that gave Christopher McQuarrie barely four months to complete all the post production. 

Those concerns appear to be unfounded, the trailers have pushed all the right buttons, and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive (so far). Given the relentless production pace on Rogue Nation, McQuarrie won’t be back to direct Mission 6 although he may contribute to the script. Even though Paramount has yet to give the official go-ahead, the search for a new director is likely underway. 

Personally, I would like to see Doug Liman take the reigns, he can handle spy action (Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith) and he directed Cruise in last year’s Edge of Tomorrow. Secretly one of the best summer movies of last year, Edge of Tomorrow should have been a giant sized hit instead of the modest one it wound up. Doug Liman will reunite with Cruise on crime-thriller Mena, which is due for release early 2017. 

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation is out now.