The Mission: Impossible sequels were officially announced a few weeks ago and they now have release dates. Both of the sequels will film back-to-back with Mission: Impossible - Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie back at the helm for each one. Mission: Impossible 7 will hit theaters in 2021, while Mission: Impossible 8 will debut in 2022. This will leave Cruise enough time to get ready for the Top Gun 2 promotional tour and start training for his upcoming stunts. Let's just hope he doesn't get hurt this time around.
Paramount has announced that Mission: Impossible 7 will hit theaters on July 23rd, 2021, while Mission: Impossible 8 will be released on August 5th, 2022. It's believed that filming could start by the end of this year, but that has yet to be confirmed at this time. With the exception of Christopher McQuarrie coming back to direct, not much else is clear about the sequels in terms of storylines. With filming so far out, the crew has plenty of time to cast the sequels.
Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise have worked together a lot in the past and the director is the first person to be at the helm of multiple Mission: Impossible installments. Mission: Impossible - Fallout continued in the tradition of being a box office smash, while also introducing Henry Cavill's now-infamous mustache to the world. That mustache almost became bigger that Fallout and some put part of the Justice League failure squarely on the mustache, which the actor was not allowed to shave due to his contract with Paramount. There have been rumors that Cavill could come back to the franchise, but it isn't clear if he'll bring back the mustache.
Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 will hit theaters after Top Gun 2: Maverick, which was originally supposed to come out in 2019. Now, the highly anticipated sequel won't be in theaters until 2020, after filming started last year. This should make Tom Cruise even more busy than originally expected. As for Cruise's deal with the Mission: Impossible franchise, it looks like he's officially locked in for at least the next two sequels and could possibly sign on for more, depending on the success of Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8.
With Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 on the horizon, along with Top Gun 2, Tom Cruise more than likely won't really have time for much else. The actor famously does a lot of his own stunt work and will be seen flying an aircraft in the Top Gun sequel. Cruise injured himself on the set of Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which halted production and many are hoping that the actor will allow someone else to handle his dangerous stunts to keep production moving along. However, Cruise seems adamant to keep his stunt work moving forward. Variety was the first to report the Mission: Impossible 7 and Mission: Impossible 8 release date news.