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Mission Impossible 4?

Mar. 18, 2009by: Omar Aviles

Tom Cruise Eager to reclaim his place as World's Biggest Movie Star rather than his current position as World's Biggest Recovering Lunatic Douchebag, Tom Cruise has apparently decided to fall back on to an always reliable money producing, image softening franchise. A scooper for AICN recently mentioned the following: "Tom Cruise was on the popular SMAP SMAP program here in Japan, and when asked about the Mission Impossible franchise he revealed that he has started work on the fourth installment...he's working on the story right now." He also mentioned a possible action set piece in Tokyo but that could have been to appease the Japanese crowd. Either way, sounds like Tommy boy is hurting for a hit that'll curry favor with the masses. And, of course, make him tons more cash. What do you guys think? Good idea? Bad idea? Or who cares about Cruise and his volcano alien ramblings?

Extra Tidbit: Most of you probably don't know this but Tom Cruise is a Scientologist. Yup.
Source: AICN

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4:29PM on 03/20/2009
While I loved Mission Impossible 3, why does Cruise have to "revive" his career with such a big franchise?

Smaller, more character-driven movies like Magnolia are what make him a great actor. And when a smaller film fails, there's a smaller impact on one's career.
While I loved Mission Impossible 3, why does Cruise have to "revive" his career with such a big franchise?

Smaller, more character-driven movies like Magnolia are what make him a great actor. And when a smaller film fails, there's a smaller impact on one's career.
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3:39PM on 03/20/2009
I've been hoping they'd consider making number four. The third one was great, and I think we all know how rare it is for a franchise to be consistent with quality these days. They've got themselves a winning formula with these movies, so why stop at just three? Good stuff.
I've been hoping they'd consider making number four. The third one was great, and I think we all know how rare it is for a franchise to be consistent with quality these days. They've got themselves a winning formula with these movies, so why stop at just three? Good stuff.
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12:54PM on 03/20/2009

But wait...

I thought Paramount owned the franchise rights, not Cruise. So wouldn't they have to work together again to make that happen - and wasn't their split not so friendly a few years back? He can work on it, sure, I would see it, too. I enjoyed the 3rd one a lot. But this ownsership issue probably needs to be worked out first, no?
I thought Paramount owned the franchise rights, not Cruise. So wouldn't they have to work together again to make that happen - and wasn't their split not so friendly a few years back? He can work on it, sure, I would see it, too. I enjoyed the 3rd one a lot. But this ownsership issue probably needs to be worked out first, no?
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5:53PM on 03/19/2009

Scooter88 & kdraines

Kdraines, I understand that you didn't like the third film, which is fine, but unwatchable? I mean most of the people on here not only enjoyed it but found it to be the best in the series, which is of course all a matter of opinion, but I think that shows the film is at least watchable. Now, I agree that it'd be awesome beyond belief if Fincher came back but I'm not sure if he had a positive enough experience last time to where he'd even consider doing this.

Scooter88, yeah I didn't think
Kdraines, I understand that you didn't like the third film, which is fine, but unwatchable? I mean most of the people on here not only enjoyed it but found it to be the best in the series, which is of course all a matter of opinion, but I think that shows the film is at least watchable. Now, I agree that it'd be awesome beyond belief if Fincher came back but I'm not sure if he had a positive enough experience last time to where he'd even consider doing this.

Scooter88, yeah I didn't think Lions for Lambs was as bad as most critics made it out to be, although I still would've expected better from Redford. That aside, Cruise's recent films have actually done pretty well. Valkyrie and Tropic Thunder have each made just shy of $200 Million globally. Of course that's nowhere near as much as say MI2 or War of the Worlds, but it's still very proffitable for their budgets.
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5:51PM on 03/19/2009
After I just bought the trilogy on DVD a few weeks ago, now they plan to make a new one! Not cool.
I wouldn't mind a 4th MI movie, especially if they got Pierre Morel to direct.
After I just bought the trilogy on DVD a few weeks ago, now they plan to make a new one! Not cool.
I wouldn't mind a 4th MI movie, especially if they got Pierre Morel to direct.
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3:19PM on 03/19/2009

Zack Snyder To Helm M:I 4

Nuff said!
Nuff said!
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12:14PM on 03/19/2009

Go for it

The Mission Impossible franchise is about the only good thing Tom has going for him. His last couple of films have not done that well. Though I did like Lions for Lambs. I have all 3 MI films and enjoy them. Doing another one would be great.
The Mission Impossible franchise is about the only good thing Tom has going for him. His last couple of films have not done that well. Though I did like Lions for Lambs. I have all 3 MI films and enjoy them. Doing another one would be great.
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12:04PM on 03/19/2009

As long as Fincher stays attached this time.

I love Tom Cruise. Can't help it. Sure, he belongs to a lunatic cult but he seems like a decent guy and he picks some pretty good movies to make.

As for a fourth Mission: Impossible, I'm all for it. You certainly can't leave it at the crappy number III. I'll hold judgment until "Star Trek" comes out (what's with the overabundance of lens flares?) but it's not always a good idea to let television directors like J.J. Abrams direct big-budget action movies. The result is often diluted, as
I love Tom Cruise. Can't help it. Sure, he belongs to a lunatic cult but he seems like a decent guy and he picks some pretty good movies to make.

As for a fourth Mission: Impossible, I'm all for it. You certainly can't leave it at the crappy number III. I'll hold judgment until "Star Trek" comes out (what's with the overabundance of lens flares?) but it's not always a good idea to let television directors like J.J. Abrams direct big-budget action movies. The result is often diluted, as it was with "Mission: Impossible III." Of course, like many series, the movies have gotten progressively worse. The first was fantastic. The second was laughable but saved nonetheless by some of the best action sequences of John Woo's (overrated) career. The third is nigh unwatchable. Dull, listless, lifeless, and with no real villain of which to speak. How much screen time did Philip Seymour Hoffman have? About seven minutes?

And can we FINALLY put the overused, ineffective, hackneyed and annoying use of shaky-cam to bed now? It doesn't work. I can't think of a single instance where it actually ENHANCED a movie.

Oh, and for the love god, do NOT let the bad guy be another fallen IMF agent. If it is, then they seriously need to shut that agency down.
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11:48AM on 03/19/2009

Y'KNOW WHAT?

The pain of being a movie star is that you have to produce hit after hit, when I would much rather like to see Cruise in some solid character roles a la Nicolas Cage.

M:I4 is just ho-hum for moviegoers. Give me another Cocktail, Cruise!
The pain of being a movie star is that you have to produce hit after hit, when I would much rather like to see Cruise in some solid character roles a la Nicolas Cage.

M:I4 is just ho-hum for moviegoers. Give me another Cocktail, Cruise!
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9:16AM on 03/19/2009
you know, we all believe shit that doesn't make any sense and that we would be ridiculed for if our beliefs went public. beyond that, Tom is still the man on the screen and this is good news for people that like moviez.
you know, we all believe shit that doesn't make any sense and that we would be ridiculed for if our beliefs went public. beyond that, Tom is still the man on the screen and this is good news for people that like moviez.
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6:28AM on 03/19/2009
Yayyy, finally! Can't wait for the next installment. The only real interesting spy stuff.
Sure 2 sucked, and 3 wasn't as good as 1 by far but still enjoyable... but ya, still can't wait for part 4.
(bourne sucks big time)
Yayyy, finally! Can't wait for the next installment. The only real interesting spy stuff.
Sure 2 sucked, and 3 wasn't as good as 1 by far but still enjoyable... but ya, still can't wait for part 4.
(bourne sucks big time)
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4:55AM on 03/19/2009
I'll be honest, I enjoyed 3 better than 1 and 2 put together. I cant wait for 4 but seriously though the Bourne series was way way better. Sorry Tom. :-)
I'll be honest, I enjoyed 3 better than 1 and 2 put together. I cant wait for 4 but seriously though the Bourne series was way way better. Sorry Tom. :-)
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3:14AM on 03/19/2009

AHHH GOOD!

I agree with shawn-o regarding the plots of the films being very very similar. Having watched the first two on Blu Ray am finding respect for certain aspects of the movie. I like the bad guy in part 2 and Part one had a lot of style even though the plot of useless.
Looking fwd to this more than anything. hope they get some one like
1.David Fincher
2.Louis Leterrier
3.Richard Donner (he has talent for using clever character twists which am yet to see in most new directors watch 16
I agree with shawn-o regarding the plots of the films being very very similar. Having watched the first two on Blu Ray am finding respect for certain aspects of the movie. I like the bad guy in part 2 and Part one had a lot of style even though the plot of useless.
Looking fwd to this more than anything. hope they get some one like
1.David Fincher
2.Louis Leterrier
3.Richard Donner (he has talent for using clever character twists which am yet to see in most new directors watch 16 blocks,Superman or Lethal Weapon 2)
My only hope is we see less of Cruise trying to be sensitive smoochy with the lead chick !!!!
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3:04AM on 03/19/2009

Hmm

Paul McGuigan anybody? He seems like a natural fit for the series, if he was given the chance. If not, I'm not huge on the series anyways, just big enough to keep coming back.
Paul McGuigan anybody? He seems like a natural fit for the series, if he was given the chance. If not, I'm not huge on the series anyways, just big enough to keep coming back.
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1:23AM on 03/19/2009
I agree with lalex81 that Twyker and Cuaron would be good choices. Fincher would be awesome, and there's a chance he'd actually do it since he was attached to MI3. Aside from him, though, my choices would be as follows:

1. Michael Mann
One of the best action directors around period. He and DePalma get compared a lot, so I think it'd be an interesting chance to pinpoint the differences in their styles.

2. Bryan Singer
Yes, Superman Returns was disappointing but I've loved everything else
I agree with lalex81 that Twyker and Cuaron would be good choices. Fincher would be awesome, and there's a chance he'd actually do it since he was attached to MI3. Aside from him, though, my choices would be as follows:

1. Michael Mann
One of the best action directors around period. He and DePalma get compared a lot, so I think it'd be an interesting chance to pinpoint the differences in their styles.

2. Bryan Singer
Yes, Superman Returns was disappointing but I've loved everything else he's done and he and Cruise already have a good relationship from Valkyrie so I could see them working together again.

3. Robert Rodriguez
He'd be dynamite at ensuring the film had a distinct tone from its predecessors whiel staying within the established framework of the series. Since Rodriguez likes to balance out his passion projects with more marketable fare I can realistically see him doing this.

4. Tony Scott
I have to admit that his name was the first one that popped into my head. He's a talented guy even if he has been a little off of his game lately.

5. Billy Ray
I'm convinced this guy is a great director in the making. He's awesome at handling suspense and could use the exposure from such a high profile film.
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12:35AM on 03/19/2009
Cool, I love these movies and Tom Cruise. However, I completely disagree with what was said below me. M:I 3 is by far the worst in the series (imo). The best was the first, then the second, then the third. If they bring back JJ Abrams, I will not like it. I prefer they get someone with actual talent, and someone different, like they did for each movie. Maybe we can finally get a David Fincher Mission:Impossible?
Cool, I love these movies and Tom Cruise. However, I completely disagree with what was said below me. M:I 3 is by far the worst in the series (imo). The best was the first, then the second, then the third. If they bring back JJ Abrams, I will not like it. I prefer they get someone with actual talent, and someone different, like they did for each movie. Maybe we can finally get a David Fincher Mission:Impossible?
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12:20AM on 03/19/2009
I'm with the consensus that he should do smaller roles like in MAGNOLIA (which is probably my favorite with him in it). I've always enjoyed his smaller work more anyway. I don't think another MISSION IMPOSSIBLE is really necessary but I don't object it either.
I'm with the consensus that he should do smaller roles like in MAGNOLIA (which is probably my favorite with him in it). I've always enjoyed his smaller work more anyway. I don't think another MISSION IMPOSSIBLE is really necessary but I don't object it either.
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11:36PM on 03/18/2009
But i also agree with Maudibe ... he needs another Magnolia-type role to make him a star again. Just look at Mickey Rourke. Everyone loves a comeback, and an oscar nomination is what will give him one.
But i also agree with Maudibe ... he needs another Magnolia-type role to make him a star again. Just look at Mickey Rourke. Everyone loves a comeback, and an oscar nomination is what will give him one.
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11:32PM on 03/18/2009
I agree with most of the people on here, in that the third one was by far the best. As long as they use quality supporting actors (like they did in MI3 like Philly Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Jonathon Rhyss Meyers and Michelle Monaghan) and a good action director, it should be entertaining.
I agree with most of the people on here, in that the third one was by far the best. As long as they use quality supporting actors (like they did in MI3 like Philly Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Jonathon Rhyss Meyers and Michelle Monaghan) and a good action director, it should be entertaining.
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11:26PM on 03/18/2009
I'd personally love to see another one. At least on one level. Part of me also wants to see a Les Grossman stand-alone movie, but that's just a fantasy.

While I understand Cruise wanting (needing) this, the last one was kinda what got Cruise excommunicated from Paramount in the first place. I know his couch-hopping and Matt Lauer had more to do with it, but still. Never mind what I want, does America want another Mission: Impossible?
I'd personally love to see another one. At least on one level. Part of me also wants to see a Les Grossman stand-alone movie, but that's just a fantasy.

While I understand Cruise wanting (needing) this, the last one was kinda what got Cruise excommunicated from Paramount in the first place. I know his couch-hopping and Matt Lauer had more to do with it, but still. Never mind what I want, does America want another Mission: Impossible?
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10:47PM on 03/18/2009

cool

I thought Mission: Impossible III was the best of the series so I hope JJ Abrams directs the next one.
I thought Mission: Impossible III was the best of the series so I hope JJ Abrams directs the next one.
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10:16PM on 03/18/2009
every single MI movies are all the same. Most overrated franchise ever. Each movie has a corrupt IMF agent and a stupid plot device used in a stupid evil plan. Every single movie is the same. Overrated
every single MI movies are all the same. Most overrated franchise ever. Each movie has a corrupt IMF agent and a stupid plot device used in a stupid evil plan. Every single movie is the same. Overrated
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9:57PM on 03/18/2009
They are always fun... now let's start throwing in names for possible directors. It's probably a mission impossible to guess who Cruise will choose because every film so far has a totally different style and director. I'd be happy with one of these names:

- Andrew Dominik
- Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
- Alfonso Cuaron
- Tom Tykwer
- Ang Lee
They are always fun... now let's start throwing in names for possible directors. It's probably a mission impossible to guess who Cruise will choose because every film so far has a totally different style and director. I'd be happy with one of these names:

- Andrew Dominik
- Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
- Alfonso Cuaron
- Tom Tykwer
- Ang Lee
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9:27PM on 03/18/2009
I'm down for it. Just get Abrams back or another decent director who knows his stuff for this movie, I liked MI3 A lot so I'm down for more.
I'm down for it. Just get Abrams back or another decent director who knows his stuff for this movie, I liked MI3 A lot so I'm down for more.
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9:19PM on 03/18/2009
The first was ok, MI2 was barely entertaining enough to keep me awake, MI3 was above and beyond awesome so if MI4 is anything like 3 then I am there. Too bad they can not bring back PSH to play the bad guy again. He rocked in MI3!
The first was ok, MI2 was barely entertaining enough to keep me awake, MI3 was above and beyond awesome so if MI4 is anything like 3 then I am there. Too bad they can not bring back PSH to play the bad guy again. He rocked in MI3!
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8:50PM on 03/18/2009

GOOD IDEA

The last "Mission" was the best. And the idea of another one like that? I'm not opposed at all. It'll probably do better than the last one, too -- it was a success but nowhere near the cash cow that MI:2 was. I think the bad press at the time, as well as his falling out with Paramount, hurt some of his appeal. If anything, though, the positive word of mouth helped it -- it opened to mediocre performance but didn't have a huge drop-off like "Watchmen." It hung in there and built itself an
The last "Mission" was the best. And the idea of another one like that? I'm not opposed at all. It'll probably do better than the last one, too -- it was a success but nowhere near the cash cow that MI:2 was. I think the bad press at the time, as well as his falling out with Paramount, hurt some of his appeal. If anything, though, the positive word of mouth helped it -- it opened to mediocre performance but didn't have a huge drop-off like "Watchmen." It hung in there and built itself an audience.
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8:38PM on 03/18/2009
Cruise needs to stop making BIG STAR movies and take small roles in really cool interesting movies.
Cruise needs to stop making BIG STAR movies and take small roles in really cool interesting movies.
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