Now that Paramount has locked writer/director Christopher McQuarrie down for back-to-back Mission Impossible sequels, we now know when we can expect to see the finished films. Mission: Impossible 7 will arrive in cinemas on July 23, 2021, and part eight will launch just over a year later on August 5, 2022.

Tom Cruise will be back as Ethan Hunt throwing himself into even more death-defying stunts all in the name of entertainment. Naturally, fans are curious (and perhaps concerned for the well being of Tom Cruise) as to what new on-screen acts of insanity Hunt will be subjecting himself to over the next two sequels. McQuarrie previously teased that "Tom already has a lot of really big ideas. Yeah. World-topping shit," could the IMF be heading to space? Only time will tell, but Tom Cruise is running out of earthbound ways to terrify Paramount insurance accountants.

Back-to-back filming can be a tricky balancing act, Lord of the Rings set the benchmark and won Oscars, but Pirates of the Carribean 2 & 3 yielded a jumbled mess. It remains unclear how James Cameron's decade long trip to Pandora mapping out four sequels will turn out, but he's filmed the first two sequels readying them for their 2020, and 2021 releases.

The Mission franchise hit new heights with last summer's Fallout, delivering a critically praised sequel and a series-best box office of more than $782 million. McQuarrie became the first filmmaker to helm two Mission sequels following his sterling work on Rouge Nation, by the time he's finished on Mission 8, he would have directed half the franchise. McQuarrie recently rewrote the script to the currently filming Top Gun Maverick; I'm sure that the experience with fighter jets has given Cruise plenty of ideas for the next two Missions.

Mission Impossible Fallout is out now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download.