Christopher McQuarrie for Mission: Impossible 6

Christopher McQuarrie has confessed he's already come up with a list of ideas for the sixth instalment in the 'Mission: Impossible' film series

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Christopher McQuarrie

Christopher McQuarrie

Christopher McQuarrie has a "secret little list" of ideas for the sixth 'Mission: Impossible'.

The 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' writer and director has admitted that although he's not yet signed up for the next instalment in the action franchise, he's already come up with new stunts that would top those from the last film.

Asked if he has anything in mind that's crazier than Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt hanging off the side of a plane, he said: "That was the challenge that was put to me immediately after we did it. As soon as we landed, somebody said, 'What are you gonna do now?' I've been thinking about it ever since, and I've got a secret little list that may or may not happen."

However, McQuarrie - who would become the first filmmaker to have directed more than one 'Mission: Impossible' movie if he were to return - refused to say whether or not he's coming back.

He told Entertainment Weekly: "Uhhh, I know that that's a bigger conversation we've only flirted with, so who knows?"

Despite his comment, sources close to the film have claimed he will be returning to write the sixth film in the series as well as possibly directing.

The insider told Variety that talks are progressing towards a big deal being closed with the studio reportedly planning to have production up and running by August next year.

Cruise is set to reprise the role of secret agent Hunt for the sixth time while 'Rogue Nation' actress Rebecca Ferguson is expected to return as Ilsa Faust.

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