Last week we reported that JJ Abrams had been asked by Tom Cruise to produce a fourth film in the Mission: Impossible series. Tonight the Hollywood Reporter has more details on the project including noting that it could be slated for 2011, the same year Paramount is also hoping to put out their sequel to Star Trek. Details below.
Two for JJ in 2011?
THR is reporting that Abrams and Cruise have agreed to co-produce, but JJ is not on board to direct. The nature of the film is not yet determined. THR lays out a number of potential options, including a ‘reboot’ of the franchise with a Star Trek-like new ensemble of unknown actors, with Cruise’s Ethan Hunt as a potential mentor character, or possibly not in the film at all.
What is of most interest to Trek fans is that the THR article states that the target for M:I:4 is for 2011. JJ Abrams is already slated to produce a certain Star Trek sequel, which has the target date of the Summer of 2011. All of the previous M:I films were also summer movies. JJ Abrams is a multi-tasker, but one has to wonder if he could deliver two tentpoles within months of each other. As Paramount is the studio behind both projects, they may have a decision to make as to which one to make the priority.
As noted in our last article, the Star Trek: Something Somthing sequel already has a script commissioned, so it seems to be farther along, but in Hollywood things can always change.