Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to hold tight for a couple years and then faithfully head back out to see another Mission: Impossible movie. Variety notes that Paramount Pictures has officially announced a release date for the sixth installment in the perennially popular espionage franchise, and that audiences can expect Ethan Hunt to suspension-rope down into theaters once again on July 27, 2018. A fun fact about 2018 is that in that year, eternal ass-kicker and franchise star Tom Cruise (who agreed to headline the sixth film last year while promoting Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation) will be 56 years of age.

Not too much else to report at present; the Mission: Impossible series has made a habit of switching up directors from one installment to the next, cycling through Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, and Christopher McQuarrie. No word on whom the studio plans to tap for the latest installment (but wild speculation on such matters is exactly what the comment section was made for!), and no casting details beyond Cruise’s continued involvement, either.

But knowing the Mission: Impossible films in the past, we may safely assume that Cruise will spend from 60 and 75 percent of the film running, a car will go flying off of something very high up, and a interchangeable telegenic brunette will pick up a hefty check for not looking actively displeased as she tells Ethan Hunt to be careful. Altogether, it will be another Mission: Impossible picture. And that’s assuming that America’s entertainment economy will still be up and functional two years from now, which, who knows!

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