Christopher McQuarrie has hinted that Ethan Hunt could be in trouble in 'Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One'.

The 54-year-old director is helming the next two films in the action franchise and claims the title suggests that Tom Cruise's hero and other characters may find themselves in danger during the film.

Speaking to Empire magazine, Christopher said: "There are many things that come out of Ethan's past. 'Dead reckoning' is a navigational term. It means you choose a course based solely on your last known position, and that becomes a metaphor not just for Ethan but for multiple characters.”

The next 'Mission: Impossible' story is set to be told in two films, and McQuarrie is determined to make it a standout project in the long-running action series. The 'Jack Reacher' director said: "The first thing we knew was that if it's going to be a big two-part adventure, it has to be epic. It's going to have to be the episode that engulfs the rest of the franchise as a whole. There's just no other way to do it." Also, insiders have previously claimed that Cruise is planning some of the "biggest, most expensive stunts yet" for the 'Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part Two' sequel. So fans can be excited.