Cruise Confirmed For Mission: Impossible IV

Star set to produce sequel with JJ Abrams


In an announcement sure to convince many that nothing is impossible, Paramount are welcoming back JJ Abrams and Tom Cruise to the Mission: Impossible brand, with the pair signed on to produce the sequel.

Cruise, who has starred in all three previous installments of the franchise, was unceremoniously dumped from his 14-year Paramount contract after his couch-based activites on Oprah were thought to have diminished box-office business for M:I 3 back in 2006.

Abrams, who directed the film, recieved widespread acclaim and was given the Star Trek reboot as reward. Cruise, on the other hand, buggered off to take control of United Artists.

No word yet on what roles the pair will play in M:I 4, as they are just signed on to develop the film. Fans will be eager to see Cruise return to the role of Ethan Hunt, and to see Abrams back in the directors chair, but will have to wait for confirmation.

Paramount are relatively set at the moment, with the rebooted Star Trek franchise getting a strong start in May, and with the Transformers sequel set to smash the box office this weekend, they could milk both series for another few entries, so it's a wonder that they are moving forward with a relatively underperforming series.

So it seems as long as Cruise can steer clear of any talk-show sofas in the run up to release, this film is in relatively safe hands.

Any thoughts on the announcement?




    • magnusbarfod

      Jun 18th 2009, 16:03

      "Fans will be eager to see Cruise return to the role of Ethan Hunt" I'd like some evidence to back this up please. The last film did well internationally, but it was generally accepted that that was despite, not because, of Cruise. His MI films have veered from the confused and over-wrought first installment, to the ludicrously bad second effort (which has to rank as one of the all time worst action films ever made) to the good but uninspiring third. I'd like Abrams to direct a fourth, but with Cruise on producer duties only. It's not like he ever gave us a discernible character to root for in Ethan Hunt anyway, and the need to pamper to his 'star'status and make him front of center of each film has undermined one of the elements that made the series cool in the first place: the team ethos. Time to get back to that, with a new ensemble cast. Hell, have Ethan kicked upstairs and give him a cameo as the new boss if needed, but lets not let this become another Cruise vehicle.

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    • mattburgess

      Jun 18th 2009, 17:14

      Evidence: I'm a fan. I'm eager to see Cruise return to the role of Ethan Matthew Hunt.

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    • magnusbarfod

      Jun 18th 2009, 18:29

      Well I take it ALL back then. My apologies indeed, sir.

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