Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie exploring R-rated character

"Jack Reacher"

“Mission : Impossible” and “Jack Reacher” comrades Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie may reunite on a project offering the actor the opportunity play a

McQuarrie, who directed Cruise in the “Jack Reacher” films, tells Empire if that series had continue he’d of taken it in a very R-rated direction.

“Tom and I were talking about, had the series continued, to take Reacher to a place where, in the post-Deadpool, post-Joker world, Reacher could have been an R-rated movie and an R-rated franchise and really fed into the brutality of those books. We were fully ready to lean into that.”

While another “Jack Reacher” movie is unlikely, McQuarrie says he and Cruise do have other ideas they’re exploring.

“It’s a very un-Tom character, and we have plans for an even more un-Tom character that we’ve been talking about, which I’m hopeful about in the future. The franchise has moved on, and we haven’t. So we’ve now got stuff in the hopper. The [Jack Reacher] stuff we’re talking about now is tinker toys [compared to it], I’m actually very, very excited.”

The duo are currently working on two more “Mission : Impossible” films together.

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