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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation director returning for the franchise's sixth film

The sixth installment of Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible franchise has found its director, and if fans were impressed with the latest film, there's reason to get excited again.

Christopher McQuarrie, the man who directed Cruise in this year's Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, tweeted out confirmation today that he had joined the new project.

This will be the first time since the franchise began in 1996 with Brian DePalma's original Mission Impossible that the same director will be used for a second installment. John Woo directed the second film, J.J. Abrams took on the third and Brad Bird helmed the fourth.

It's not hard to see why the studio would want to bring McQuarrie back for the sixth film, however, after Rogue Nation scored tremendously with critics, sitting at a score of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

There's not a ton of information surrounding the newest film, but Cruise is back to star and the title is currently M:I 6 — Mission Impossible. That may be subject to change as the film draws closer to release and production begins, though.

The movie is currently slated to be released some time in 2017.

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