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      Christopher McQuarrie

      Christopher McQuarrie

      Highest Rated: 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 15% The Mummy (2017)

      Birthday: Jun 12, 1968

      Birthplace: Princeton Junction, New Jersey, USA

      As the childhood friend and frequent collaborator of director Bryan Singer, screenwriter and sometime helmer Christopher McQuarrie was catapulted to the upper echelons of the screenwriting world after winning the Oscar for the widely hailed noir thriller "The Usual Suspects" (1995). In breaking all the rules for screenwriting - mainly because he was unaware of them - McQuarrie redefined the crime-noir genre and became one of the most sought-after writers in the business. But such blessings came with a price after he was given the chance to direct his first feature, "The Way of the Gun" (2000), a graphic thriller that polarized audiences and critics on its way to becoming a box office failure. For the next seven plus years, McQuarrie was trapped in development hell on a number of movies that never made it to production, frustrating him to the point of wanting to quit the business altogether. But Singer managed to pull his old friend back in by directing McQuarrie's spec script for "Valkyrie" (2008), a World War II thriller about a Nazi plot to assassinate Hitler. From there, he wrote the scripts for two more critically derided films, "Killshot" (2009) and "The Tourist" (2010), but managed to earn praise for writing and directing the highly anticipated adaptation of "Jack Reacher" (2012) and "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" (2015). Whether behind the camera or the keyboard, McQuarrie's gift for telling unique stories and redefining genre tropes remained the one constant in his otherwise turbulent career.

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      MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, CINEMATOGRAPHER ROB HARDY (HAND UP), DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE (CENTER LEFT), TOM CRUISE (FRONT), FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR TOMMY GORMLEY (SECOND FROM RIGHT), ON SET, 2018. PH: CHIABELLA JAMES/© PARAMOUNT MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE (REFLECTION), TOM CRUISE (CENTER RIGHT), ON SET, 2018. PH: DAVID JAMES/© PARAMOUNT MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, FRONT, FROM LEFT: CINEMATOGRAPHER ROB HARDY, DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE, HENRY CAVILL, TOM CRUISE, ON SET, 2018. PH: CHIABELLA JAMES/© PARAMOUNT MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, FROM LEFT: DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE, TOM CRUISE, ON SET, 2018. PH: CHIABELLA JAMES/© PARAMOUNT MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION, from left: director Christopher McQuarrie, Simon Pegg, Tom Cruise, on set, 2015. ph: David James/© Paramount Pictures JACK REACHER, from left: director Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise, on set, 2012. ph: Karen Ballard/©Paramount Pictures JACK REACHER, from left: director of photography Caleb Deschanel, director Christopher McQuarrie, on set, 2012. ph: Karen Ballard/©Paramount Pictures MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION, director Christopher McQuarrie, on set, 2015. ph: Christian Black/©Paramount Pictures JACK REACHER, from left: producer David Ellison, director Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise, on set, 2012. ph: Karen Ballard/©Paramount Pictures JACK REACHER, director Christopher McQuarrie, on set, 2012. ph: Karen Ballard/©Paramount Pictures MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION, director Christopher McQuarrie, on set, 2015. ph: Christian Black/© Paramount Pictures MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION, director Christopher McQuarrie, on set, 2015. ph: Christian Black/© Paramount Pictures MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION, director Christopher McQuarrie, on set, 2015. ph: Christian Black/© Paramount Pictures MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION, from left: director Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, on set, 2015. ph: David James/© Paramount Pictures MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE, ON SET, 2018. PH: DAVID JAMES/© PARAMOUNT MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE (LEFT), STEADICAM OPERATOR MARCUS POHLUS (CENTER LEFT), TOM CRUISE (RIGHT), ON SET, 2018. PH: DAVID JAMES/© PARAMOUNT MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT, FROM LEFT: CINEMATOGRAPHER ROB HARDY, DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE, ON SET, 2018. PH: CHIABELLA JAMES/© PARAMOUNT Chris McQuarrie at arrivals for Los Angeles Premiere of VALKYRIE, Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles, CA, December 18, 2008. Photo by: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Christopher McQuarrie at arrivals for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION Premiere, Duffy Square, New York, NY July 27, 2015. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2025
      96% 94% Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $172.0M 2023
      96% 99% Top Gun: Maverick Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $718.5M 2022
      97% 88% Mission: Impossible - Fallout Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $220.1M 2018
      15% 35% The Mummy Screenwriter $80.1M 2017
      38% 42% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Producer $58.7M 2016
      94% 87% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2015
      91% 90% Edge of Tomorrow Screenwriter $100.2M 2014
      71% 69% The Wolverine Screenwriter $132.5M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jack the Giant Slayer 3D Screenwriter $65.2M 2013
      52% 55% Jack the Giant Slayer Screenwriter - 2013
      63% 67% Jack Reacher Director,
      Screenwriter
      $54.6M 2012
      21% 42% The Tourist Screenwriter $67.6M 2010
      62% 65% Valkyrie Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $83.1M 2008
      46% 70% The Way of the Gun Writer,
      Director
      $6.0M 2000
      88% 96% The Usual Suspects Writer $22.6M 1995

      TV

      Credit
      61% 53% Persons Unknown Executive Producer 2010