Tom Cruise has signed on for 'Mission Impossible IV'

Paramount has confirmed an initial report from DeadlineHollywood.com that Tom Cruise is attached to star in Mission Impossible IV. He will also produce the film, which will bow over Memorial Day weekend in 2011, with J.J. Abrams, the director behind the last iteration of MI. The studio is currently out to directors and as previously announced, Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec has been hired to write the script. The duo previously worked with Abrams on his ABC drama Alias. Script details are being kept under wraps and no start date has yet been established though Cruise is planning on making this his next project.

His latest film Knight & Day bows in July. MI:IV will be co-financed by David Ellison’s Skydance Productions.

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  • walter

    I don’t think it’s proper for these studios to be glamorizing intra venous drug use. What’s next, Mission Impossible HIV?

    • Korey

      Walter, that is truly the most ignorant thing I’ve read lately. Even if you were joking, it’s simply not funny. To summarize: You’re a moron. Have a nice day!

      • fred

        Well, he misspelled “intravenous.” What do you expect? On the other hand, using the word “ignorant” in this context displays a lack of creativity. I’d go for, “Exhibits symptoms consistent with a trisomy of the 21st chromosome.” THAT’S funny!

    • JohnnyNoGood

      haha. that was actually funny and a good start to a discussion board.

  • Justin

    Like Cruise, Love the franchise. I say go for it!

    • fred

      They should’ve chosen Woody Harrelson.

    • harry

      I agree!!!

    • Kat

      Agree Justin. Love Tom’s MI movies and JJ Abrams is a genius. Loved Star Trek this year. Go for it guys. Make it the best MI yet.

  • Celia

    As long as JJ Abbrams and Tom Cruise are back on board, then I will watch it.

    • Arty

      I agree. I liked the first one, not so much the second one. But MI:III was packed with so many great action scenes and was totally fast paced. A great movie.

  • Tracey

    Awesome! I cannot wait to see it.

  • evan

    soo, is JJ Abrams back or not? It says with JJ..but then says out to directors…hmm..I want JJ back!

    • Dan

      The sentence structure is clumsy.
      It says that Abrams is producing the movie with Cruise, not directing.

  • Roland

    As a viewer of the original TV series (yes, I’m THAT old), making Jim Phelps the bad guy in M:I1 totally ruined the franchise for me. I skipped M:I’s 2 and 3. Nice to know that I’ll soon have the chance to skip #4. Thanks, Paramount! :)

    • evey80

      Come on, Roland. If you’re that old, you should let yourself grow up a little, too. Saying that Paramount -rather than the authors- because they altered a character in the story is very childish. Now, if you end up not liking the movies because of pure entertainment and artistic preferences, then like Coling below said “To each her/his own.” Not that it matters, but just to jump on the bandwagon, my preference goes MI3, then 1, and…the other one.

    • Bob

      I understand the frustration, but just consider this a parallel universe. The first and third movies were really good (the second sucks hard, and the third has a bad ending) if you just let yourself go. And yes, I am that old too, that I love the original more than the movies. I even love the 1980′s remake more than the movies! But I do like the movies.

    • TVProducer Guy

      Yeah, that ticked me off too when they did that. Actually that would make a great 4th movie. We find out that the “Jim Phelps” that Ethan knew wasn’t the real “Jim Phelps.” Maybe a cameo from Peter Graves could be done.

  • rebecca

    the first one movie was good, the second one was okay, the third one wasn’t good, so i predict the fourth one to be very bad.

    • Julia

      I agree! And the fact that Cruise has somehow managed to become a worse actor than he was in the first, even JJ Adams won’t be enough to get me to borrow this one from the library.

    • SLB

      I agree. MI3 was such a piece of crap, let’s make another one. Does anyone even give a crap about Tom Cruise anymore?

      • ann

        I think Tom Cruise is a great actor so yes people still care about him. I think him coming back to make another MI is awesome! Cant wait to see it

  • colin

    To each her own I guess, I thought MI:3 was the best of the three.

    Anyway, yes, Abrams will produce but not direct due to his commitment to the next Star Trek, which he has said he will almost certainly direct. Personally, I’d like to see Jack Bender take on MI:3 now that Lost is wrapping up. He knows how to direct action that’s clean and easy to follow.

    • Steve

      Cruise has said in the past he wanted to see the films have different directors so each one has a unique style and feel. At one time he tried lobbying Oliver Stone to direct MI2 but Stone ultimately did not direct the project. I’d personally like to see Stone do it.

  • ricroe

    Would be a better idea to reboot this franchise and leave Tom Cruise out of it.

    The finished product would have a much wider audience without Tom Cruise in it.

    • mike hunt

      reboot would be horrible idea, Tom Cruise is an international star, not many today

    • ann

      you seem to be just mad because u arent the star of the show. tom cruise is a great actor no one else could’ve done better at playin ethan

  • Eileen

    Tom Cruise. Enough said. I’m there. Love me some Tom Cruise. Great actor who makes great movies!

    • stan

      … who believes in space aliens named, “Xenu.”

      • Tracey

        Most people believe in crazy religions. It’s irrelevent. Tom is great in action films and I’m already excited to see this.

      • Mark

        Christians worship a 2,000 year-old dead carpenter. The Jewish community thinks one of their founders was spoken to by a bush on fire. Buddhist believe their god is reincarnated repeatedly. All religions have stupid, silly beliefs and superstitions.

  • evey80

    gg

  • Joe

    The egomaniac in another film to bolster his own opinion of himself? No thanks.

  • catrice

    As over the top as it was, 2 was much better than 3. It was a mistake to have him get married. He and Thandie Newton did have some chemistry that was not really explored

    • Bob

      The problem with 2 wasn’t the over-the-top action, it was the boring slo-mo John Woo dove in the air action that killed it. Plus the whole theme being about *love*. Love? Freaking love? Just go on an impossible mission PLEASE!!

      • ks

        this

    • Marie

      you know, i liked the second one too, wish they would have developed the relationship between Cruise and Newton’s characters in the third movie, since it was so much a part of the second film, but i guess not.

      • ana zelaya

        GO FOR IT!!! I can’t wait to see it! Tom is a fantastic actor and no matter what he does…HE ROCKS THE WORL IN ESCENE!

  • Nathan

    Cruise and Abrams are a winning combination, I’m there!

  • Linda L

    I like the Mission Impossible movies. They are over the top but lots of fun to watch. In my opinion, Tom Cruise does not make very bad movies.

    • harry

      here here!!!

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