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Confirmed: JJ Abrams and Tom Cruise to Co-Produce Mission Impossible IV

Published June 17, 2009 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
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Let me remind you, once again, that I consider Mission Impossible III to be the best, most exciting installment in the franchise. I know the film didn't do as well as Paramount hoped at the box office, part of which was blamed on Cruise, it still kicked a whole lot of ass. I credit the film's ability to be my favorite of the three to J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise. Abrams brings the style and Cruise brings his incredible acting skills.

A good combo that should have worked beautifully. So why not try again?

JJ Abrams and Tom Cruise Thinking Mission Impossible IV

As hinted on last week, J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise have signed on to co-produce Mission Impossible IV, which Paramount is already planning on having out in theaters by 2011. Some are surprised to see Cruise returning to the studio, considering that it was Paramount who gave him the boot back in 2006. Cruise has been hanging out at United Artists ever since.

It turns out that, since then, Viacom chief Sumner Redstone has slowly been repairing the relationship between Paramount and Cruise. He recently described Cruise as “a great actor and a good friend.” Seeing that Cruise quickly jumped onboard M:i:IV, it looks like this fence has been mended.

I like the direction Paramount's heading at least financially. To have some box office guarantees over the next couple of years, the studio has been keeping their strong franchises up and running. We can be sure to see a Star Trek 2 and a third Transformers movie.

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