If you’re one of those people hoping that J.J. Abrams would step up behind the camera for “Mission Impossible 4” after helming the last entry in the franchise, you can stop holding your breath now, because it ain’t gonna happen. Abrams says as much to MTV, pretty much confirming that with everything he has going on at the moment, directing “MI4” is probably not a viable option. In fact, he won’t even be writing the script. That duty is going to former “Alias” guys Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec. Abrams, of course, was the mastermind behind “Alias”.
As to those rumors that the new “Mission Impossible” would be some kind of reboot or introduce a new, younger agent that will take over the franchise, Abrams said this:
“I don’t want to give anything away yet, but I will say that it’s a story that will feel consistent with the world that has been created. It’s not a reboot kind of thing.”
Well, that doesn’t really dismiss the whole “Ethan Hunt as mentor” plot we’ve heard in the past, where Cruise’s character will take more of a background mentor role while a new group of younger MI agents do their thing.
Of course, for that to happen Tom Cruise would have to show he has no vanity, and be willing to not be the center of attention and, um, yeah, not gonna happen.