'Mission: Impossible IV': Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams to return for 2011 release

Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams have agreed to co-produce Mission: Impossible IV for Paramount, Variety reports. The film is scheduled for a 2011 release. Abrams is currently at work on a Star Trek sequel — he has not decided if he will direct or just produce that film — and Cruise is committed to make an untitled film with Cameron Diaz for 20th Century Fox, directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma). No writers have been assigned to M:I4 yet, but a decision is likely soon. Abrams will not decide if will direct M:I4 until after he sees a finished script. Reports surfaced last week that Cruise and Abrams had met to discuss the project.

M:I4 would be Cruise's first film at Paramount since his production company left the lot in August 2006. Sumner Redstone, the head of Paramount parent company, Viacom, had made disparaging public comments about the star, saying that Cruise's now-infamous couch-jumping on Oprah and the resulting media firestorm had cost the studio between $100 million and $150 million on M:I3 because Cruise had turned off women. (The film earned $398 million worldwide, the lowest-grossing installment of the franchise.) Cruise's 14-year relationship with the studio ended soon afterward. Cruise took over United Artists in the wake of the break-up. In March 2008, Redstone began trying to mend fences and invited Cruise to lunch in Beverly Hills. Redstone said of the meeting that he and Cruise "agreed the past is the past and we would put it behind us and renew our relationship." Which is not to say that they'll be taking family vacations together anytime soon. "I wouldn't exactly say that they 'made-up,'" a source familiar with the situation tells EW.com. "It was more like a gentlemen's handshake." At recent appearance, Redstone reportedly described Cruise as a "great actor and a good friend." 

Comments (18 total) Add your comment
Page: 1 2
  • Ryan

    As long as this doesn’t mess with getting a new “Trek” in theaters in 2011 as well, I’m fine with it

  • Officer Farva

    Absolutely! Trek before anything Cruise related. (Although Mi:3 was the best of the bunch and kicked some pretty serious behind as an action movie.)


    Well,Ryan… I think famous Director J.J. Abrams knows how to make his schedules …

  • Mister F

    Ugh, MI4 will basically be “Alias the Movie Sequel Without Jennifer Garner.”
    Liked the third one, but it definitely did not feel like Mission Impossible, and more like Alias. It didn’t help that they practically shared the same composer and music. I do love me some Alias though…

  • brando814

    This news makes me want to potty. In a good way.

  • mike hunt

    the more tom the better, we miss you

  • Sup3rM1ke

    Trek relaunch was great! Why risk another MI? Let that series rest for like 10 years then relaunch it with someone new!

  • graeme

    You’re right, Mister F. MI:3 was just like Alias without Jennifer Garner, and it was a ton of fun.
    So I say sign Garner up for the sequel. Or at least a cameo. Maybe Ethan could bump into Sydney Bristow on a mission?

  • Beverley

    Tom is getting to old to convincingly play the action hero. Didn’t he see last year’s Indiana Jones movie? Please. If I’m going to spend $9 to see a movie, I would rather watch someone who isn’t pushing 50.

  • RyanK

    Umm, did you see Life Free or Die Hard with a practically geriatric Bruce Willis? That was a great action flick. Cruise’s age shouldn’t matter if you have a good script and a well-directed movie.

  • Adam
  • dom

    MI3 was the only really good one. I think TC is still young enough to pull it off. But for the record, Live Free or Die Hard sucked.

  • ericalee

    good god – just do dark tower already!! I am going to be 80 before they ever do anything with the rights to that series.

  • Mr. Williams

    ENOUGH ALREADY with the cinematic, Tom Cruise Mission: Impossible versions – it’s time to go back to Bruce Geller’s (Creator of M:I) original, suspensful, Emmy Award Winning spy series from the 1960’s and START FRESH. I want to see the old school IMForce – Phelps (Leader), Barney (Electronics Expert), Cinnamon (Beautiful Model), Willy (Strong Man), and Rollin (Master of Disguise) back in action. Here are some Plot Ideas: 1. “Your mission Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to find Osama Bin Laden. . . and kill him.” 2. “Your mission Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to rescue to those two American Journalists from North Korea.” 3. Your Mission Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to apprehend Rev. Jesse Jackson and prove once and for all that he conspired with Government Officials to assassinate Dr. King.” If any talented Hollywood Director can pull this off – IT’S JJ ABRAMS. Sorry Tom Cruise, you are out. This comment will self-destruct in five seconds, good luck JJ.

  • james

    JJ is not directing it, he’s producing and I’m so glad that there will be another mission with Tom in the lead — this is his best role and it is very exciting news. Now if they would only get Beverly hills cop 4 on the fast track.

Page: 1 2
Add your comment
The rules: Keep it clean, and stay on the subject - or we may delete your comment. If you see inappropriate language, e-mail us. An asterisk (*) indicates a required field.

When you click on the "Post Comment" button above to submit your comments, you are indicating your acceptance of and are agreeing to the Terms of Service. You can also read our Privacy Policy.

Latest Videos


From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP