Tom Cruise Officially Chooses to Accept Mission: Impossible 4
Last summer we got official word that Paramount would be developing Mission: Impossible 4 and J.J. Abrams (who also directed the third installment) would return with Tom Cruise to produce. At the time there was no word on whether Cruise would reprise his role as Impossible Mission Force agent Ethan Hunt, but now Deadline Hollywood has word that the Hollywood superstar closed his deal at Paramount today to confirm his return to the franchise for a fourth go-round. But they're still looking for a director. Remember, we already know that "Alias" writers Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec are writing the new screenplay.
The plan is to make M:I4 Cruise's next movie and to start production sometime this summer. Say what you will about Cruise's personal life, I've always been a fan of his acting career. Great performances, plenty of spectacular films and the ability to do action, drama and even more surprisingly, comedy, Cruise is one of the best actors we have working today. In addition, the Mission: Impossible franchise itself hasn't gone stale yet, despite a very close call after the atrocious second installment from John Woo (you remember Kickin' Impossible right?). As a matter of fact, J.J. Abrams brought new life into the franchise by bringing back the team element of IMF, and never forgetting that the film wasn't just about action, but espionage as well.
I wonder who Abrams and Cruise will get to sit in the director's chair for this next one? Personally, I'd love to see Abrams return but I'd rather have him dedicate himself to the next Star Trek movie instead. So who else is left that could actually do a good job? Who do you want to see direct Mission Impossible 4?