Action star Tom Cruise says he intends to make a fifth instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise – as long as the films remain popular. At the landmark age of 50, you’d think Cruise would be taking it easy on a remote Caribbean island, but it seems the Top Gun star isn’t quite ready for that yet.

In a 2011 interview, it was revealed that Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, and Brad Bird are all interested in returning for a fifth Mission: Impossible film. Paramount is also reportedly interested in fast-tracking a fifth film due to the success of the fourth, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which was a critical and commercial success with a talented ensemble cast including Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg.

Cruise first appeared as secret agent Ethan Hunt in 1996’s Mission: Impossible. The high-octane blockbuster was subsequently the third-highest-grossing of the year and received positive reviews from film critics. After four films it seems Cruise isn’t ready to retire just yet.   In an interview with Total Film, Cruise said he still wanted to “make a bunch” of future films in the series and would carry on making them for as long as fans wanted to see them.

Speaking about his plans for a fifth instalment, he revealed:

“We’re already working on different images, talking conceptually. I love travelling around promoting different movies because I’m always looking at different places, and I always walk around to see the city. I look at architecture, subways… coming up with different sequences.”

The actor will soon return to the big screen in the title role of Jack Reacher, a film adaption of the 2005 novel ‘One Shot’ by British author Lee Child. The role sees Cruise play a former military police officer turned vigilante on the hunt for a sniper who just killed five people in a major US city. It opens in UK cinemas on December 28.

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