Abrams Snags Writers for Mission: Impossible 4

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec have chosen to embark on an impossible mission. The duo have been hired by J.J Abrams and Tom Cruise to write the fourth installment of Cruise’s hugely successful Mission: Impossible franchise.

Applebaum and Nemec first came to Abrams’ attention when they wrote for his Jennifer Garner-starring television show, Alias. The pair were also behind the U.S. version of Life on Mars.

While no story details have been revealed, it’s believed that the script will be based on a story treatment that Abrams wrote with the two screenwriters.

Abrams had this to say:

“I’ve been looking forward to working with Josh and Andre again for years. Their sense of balance between character and action is wonderful, which I know is hugely important to Tom as well. We’re off to an exciting start, so, as usual, fingers crossed.”

No director has yet been hired – it’s not believed that Abrams will be returning to helm, but if it follows the other films in the franchise it’ll probably go to a director who is something of an auteur. Although I think that I’m being a bit too kind to the Star Trek director by saying that.

The Mission: Impossible film franchise is based on a 1960’s television show created by Bruce Geller. The first film, released in 1996 was directed by Brian DePalma. A sequel by John Woo followed in 2000 and Abrams directed the third installment in 2006.

Following the release of Mission: Impossible 3, Cruise had a very public falling out with Paramount Pictures owner Sumner Redstone because of what Redstone called “behavior unacceptable to Paramount”. The studio then failed to renegotiate Cruise’s longstanding production contract. Mission: Impossible 3 was seen as something of a box office disappointment – it grossed $397 million worldwide compared to the $457 million and $546 million of the first two films.

Following this it was believed that the studio might reboot the franchise with a younger cast or replace Cruise with another A-lister (Brad Pitt was noted at one point). However, earlier in the year it was reported that Cruise and Abrams were working on a new installment of the action franchise.

Keep your eyes on Screen Rant as we bring you more news on Mission Impossible 4.

So is Mission: Impossible 4 a good idea or would you just like to leave the series as a triple disc box set in your DVD collection?

Mission: Impossible 4 is scheduled to be released in 2011.

Source: Variety

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  1. The writers did a pretty good job on MI 3 so I don’t see the reason for a change but I guess ambrams knows what he’s doing.

  2. As long as the movie stays in the same vein as the third one, then I’d love to see a fourth film. The first two (and especially the second) were very disappointing. Personally, I think the third film was easily the best and would have done better at the box office if not for Cruise’s behavior off screen and the fact that the second film had just been so horrid.

  3. I still like the first one best.

  4. In my opinion, the first movie had the best story and plot. The second movie had the best action sequences from John Woo and an awesome soundtrack. And the third movie had great cars, hotter women, and the best acting of all the 3, especially for the role of the villain. If the 4th movie can capture all the elements of the first three, I’m sure it will be a success.

  5. Cruise and Abrams need to push for an ensemble story. Cruise being the one-man super-spy doesn’t work for me. I’m sure there are other guys besides Ethan Hunt who’ll jump off buildings, much in the way they worked in the CIA break-in sequence in the first film. Love the first movie, MI3 is a close second, MI2 never happened.

  6. Wow, Brad Pitt as Ethan hunt, the one person that I would want to see on screen LESS than Tom Cruise…

    I don’t really remember the first one, the second one was the biggest load of crap I’ve ever seen, but the third one was pretty good. I hope they keep to that level of action as the 3rd one, not the ridiculous stupid over-use of slo-mo crap from the 2nd one…