McQuarrie Targets Anime Adaptation ‘Star Blazers’ As ‘M:I5′ Shoots February

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They’ve struck up quite a friendship over the years while working on the likes of VALKYRIE and the B-movie brilliance that was JACK REACHER. Now writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and actor Tom Cruise are set to embark on another collaboration. It’s confirmed MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 is set to begin shooting in London at the beginning February. If you’re out and about in the UK capital maybe could spot a bit of action being shot with the likeable, all-smiling superstar.

Furthermore, McQuarrie has also signed on to direct and produce a live-action version 1970s anime adventure STAR BLAZERS (aka SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO) for Cruise’s Skydance Productions. It’s actually a project he wrote for the company back in 2011. Those not familiar with the sci-fi source material, it’s a story centred on an battered old spaceship in the year 2199, where it must venture to another planet and pick a cargo that can save a dying Earth. Unfortunately, the crew face a fight for survival themselves when coming under attack from aliens using radioactive weaponry.

One final note on the Oscar-winning THE USUAL SUSPECTS writer. If you haven’t already done so, catch his 2000 directorial debut THE WAY OF THE GUN! It’s bloody (literally) fantastic!

Source: Deadline

Craig is leading the charge as our north east correspondent, proving that it’s so ‘grim up north’ that losing yourself in a world of film is a foregone prerequisite. He has been studying the best (and often worst) of both classic and modern cinema at the University of Life for as long as he can remember. Craig’s favorite films include THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, JFK, GOODFELLAS, SCARFACE, and most of John Carpenter’s early work, particularly THE THING and HALLOWEEN.