Looks like that fourth movie in the Mission: Impossible franchise is getting one step closer to actually happening, as a couple of writers have now been hired to pen a script.
According to Variety, producers J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise along with Paramount Pictures have brought on Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec to write a screenplay based on a story that Nemec and Applebaum wrote with Abrams.
While they aren’t exactly well-known writers, they have experience as co-executive producers with Abrams for the TV show Alias–which has a bit of a Mission: Impossible flavor to it.
So far Cruise and Abrams are only signed on as producers, but we can look forward to the story revolving around Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt once more. It is unsure as of yet if Abrams will direct–he might have his hands too full with the next Star Trek film. I’d like to see him come back, though. I thought his M:I-3 was the best film in the franchise and a whole, whole lot of fun.
But I also like the franchise trend of hiring a new action/thriller director for each film. There’s a wealth of opportunity to be siezed here. Maybe John McTiernan or Richard Donner are looking for work?