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The next Mission: Impossible is coming way ahead of schedule

The next Mission: Impossible is coming way ahead of schedule

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There's an inelegant recipe to Mission: Impossible films. First, you get a big-name director (Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, and now Christopher McQuarrie have all filled this role). Then you have them find new stylish ways to endanger Tom Cruise's life for sake of cool cinema. (Don't forget to add a dash of cool gadgetry and lighthearted goofs along the way.) Then you wait four to six years and do it all again. It's proven to be a very successful formula, and all signs point to Rogue Nation continuing that trend.

Tom Cruise, however, is not happy with that recipe. He needs it to be faster (and, I dare say, furious-er). So the next Mission: Impossible is already in the works, as decreed by Cruise in an appearance this week on The Daily Show. "We're starting to work on it now, we'll probably start shooting it next summer," he said, which means the likely release is closer to two years away than the typical four to six. Which also means Cruise is gonna need a new high-profile action director. This is the part where I ask — as I often do — what's Justin Lin up to next year?