You may have heard recently about how Tom Cruise now officially has a fifth mission (Impossible) which he’s chosen to accept, and in that earlier story we even mentioned that all signs and rumours thus far has pointed to Cruise’s Jack Reacher director, Christopher McQuarrie, helming the pentequel.
But actually there was no mention of McQuarrie as director in the official M:I5 press release from Paramount Pictures, and that could be due to the fact that he may just be too busy getting some ice. Ice Station Zebra, that is.
THR is reporting that the studio has picked McQuarrie to write and direct a remake of the 1960’s espionage thriller, Ice Station Zebra. The John Sturges directed original film starred Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan and Jim Brown, and dealt with a submarine sent to Drift Ice Station Zebra in the Arctic, to apparently provide assistance to the team manning the British weather outpost there. In actuality though, the sub was there to recover an experimental camera filled with photos of US and Russian missile silos. The film, which attained major success at the box office and was nominated for two Oscars (Best Special Effects, eventually won by 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Best Cinematography, won by Romeo and Juliet), was based on Alistair McLean’s novel of the same name, which in turn was inspired by real world events in 1959.
Now there’s no mention of exactly where in McQuarrie’s schedule this would slot, so it could be that he’s still planning on doing M:I 5 before or after Ice Station Zebra, especially considering the fact that star Tom Cruise’s dance card is already pretty full for the next year or two. Personally, I would love to see him do both films as he had a great turn both with the pen and behind the camera in Jack Reacher, and showed off skills that could translate well to both of the two very different properties.
Or they could just combine the two films, Mission: Impossible – Ice Zebra Protocol, and have Ethan Hunt clinging to the sides of submarines in icy cold waters while Jeremy Renner punches polar bears, all part of a mission to retrieve a camera that contains sensitive photos from an Arctic Weather Station before another team of Russian spies beat them to it. Boom.
I expect my cheque to be in the mail soon, Hollywood.
Last Updated: May 7, 2013