In an interview with MTV News, "Star Trek" rebooter J.J. Abrams said that he would not return to direct the fourth "Mission Impossible" movie.
"I'm producing with Tom," he said recently. "My guess is, given other things, that I will not be directing the movie."
So it seems a new director will have to step up — the fourth in as many films. But Abrams didn't really address rumors claiming that Tom Cruise would not star in this new chapter.
While the Hollywood star has been agent Ethan Hunt since the first "Mission" in 1996, rumors have been floating around that a younger actor — or even an ensemble — might take over for Cruise as the focus of the franchise.
What is known is that Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec are penning the screenplay, and the whole thing came together because Cruise wanted to reunite with Abrams.
"Tom asked if I'd be interested in working with him again," Abrams said. "I didn't have a sense of what the story would be, but very quickly this idea came to mind, and Tom reacted to it in a way that got me excited, and then we got André and Josh to come onboard, and they began developing the idea with us."
Given Abrams' commitment to the "Star Trek" franchise, it seems as if his likely decision to skip directorial duties on "Mission" means audiences could see the fourth film in a shorter timeframe than if he were helming the movie. Shooting could even start soon.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Source: Latino Review, MTV News