Jeremy Renner Confirms Takeover of 'Mission: Impossible' Series

November 24, 2010
Source: MTV

Jeremy Renner

Because of the lukewarm box office reception of this year's action comedy Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise, Paramount thought it best to bring in another young agent to work with Cruise's character Ethan Hunt for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and potentially take over the franchise. We already know that man is Jeremy Renner, but now, straight from the actor's mouth, we have some confirmation that the plan is for Renner to relieve Tom Cruise of his IMF duties. The actor recently spoke to MTV and confirmed the plans for the franchise to fall into his lap, but there are no solid plans for another new sequel just yet.

Renner revealed, "It's a franchise to potentially take over. I can't predict the future and what they want, but that's certainly the idea." However, whether or not a straight-up hand-off of the series will show up in the fourth installment of the franchise remains to be seen. Renner says, "I can't really go into the details of the script, because that's still evolving. It's Tom [Cruise's] baby. He's the engine behind the thing. What happens after that, we'll see." While Renner doesn't exactly have the same star power that Cruise had when he started the franchise back in 1996, his work on The Hurt Locker certainly didn't go unnoticed and once The Avengers and this Mission: Impossible sequel hit, I'm pretty sure he'll be a household name. What do you think?

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Reader Feedback - 19 Comments


I can see Renner carrying a franchise. However, I think Mission Impossible is on it's last legs. He needs a fresh franchise.

ModernAmericanMan on Nov 24, 2010


yh we sure need a new franchise

A5J4DX on Nov 24, 2010


Renner will be a great replacement.

Xerxex on Nov 24, 2010


M:I is sort of weird. Cool films/theatre experiences but feels like a weak francshise. Who really cares about it in between the films?

ryderup on Nov 24, 2010


Good for Renner. You want to see just how much dues this guy has paid? Look up an old Bravo series called "The It Factor", he was on it, as a broke, starving actor. They chronicle his life in LA right before he got signed to play Jeffrey Dahmer and a little bit beyond the film's opening.

William Mize on Nov 24, 2010


fucking awesome! i agree with you guys. the franchise does need a fresh start after the fourth film. and renner would be perfect in doing that

Doctor Joe on Nov 24, 2010


I'm sure Renner can pump some life into the MI franchise...

Adam on Nov 24, 2010


Sounds great

That Awesome Norwegian Dude on Nov 24, 2010


fuck that Knight and Day still made money worldwide

Rashad on Nov 24, 2010


@ William Mize, he really made his career start from a reality show? That's not something to shout about.

Crapola on Nov 25, 2010


"Because of the lukewarm box office reception of this year's action comedy Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise, Paramount thought it best to bring in another young agent to work with Cruise's character Ethan Hunt for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol " Kinda bullshit considering Cruise is the lead in MI4 still.

ert on Nov 25, 2010


I'm down for it. I love Renner and seen him in most of his movies so can't wait for Cruise to leave MI and hopefully there will be a whole new feel.

tra la la la la di da on Nov 25, 2010


@12 Well, while Renner would taker over, Cruise will be starring constantly but in a minor role (i.e. chief or something)

ert on Nov 25, 2010


HE looks like jeremy KYLE Heck they should give the franchise to paula patton she could smoke his ass and have Harrison Ford play the boss

JJ on Nov 25, 2010


If Knight and Day performed poorly, perhaps it's because it was a terrible movie. It and Salt were two of the most poorly written big budget action movies I've seen in a long time.

Craig on Nov 26, 2010


Can't the executives see that Knight and Day just didn't look like it would be a good movie? I like Cruise and Diaz but the trailers for that movie didn't interest me at all even though I probably will watch it on Blu-Ray because I'm pretty sure it will be entertaining.

Bobby on Nov 26, 2010



David on Nov 28, 2010


Goodnight to the MI franchise. Good riddance. Renner's face could wreck buildings. You guys are clowns

smackyou on Nov 28, 2010


I am a big fan of Renner, i think that's the best take over i have seen recently. He turly fits the plot, can't wait for more about the movie.

Fisherr on Nov 29, 2010

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