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Mission: Impossible 4 isn't Mission: Impossible 4?

08.27.2010

Just yesterday, we told you Jeremy Renner would star alongside Tom Cruise in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4. Today we're getting word that Renner and Cruise won't be starring in a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 after all. Wait, wha? Stay with me here...

There were talks early on in the development of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 that the film would introduce a younger agent so when Cruise left the franchise, they could reboot with a new version of Ethan Hunt. It turns out that reboot might be coming sooner than we expected. As it turns out, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 won't be called MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 at all. In fact it won't even have the words "mission" or "impossible" in the title. Paramount is currently evaluating new titles that would serve to relaunch the series, not unlike how WB made a Batman movie titled THE DARK KNIGHT.

While the previous three MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE films all dealt with Ethan Hunt and a team of agents, NOT M:I4 will instead deal with only two agents: Hunt and Renner's as-yet-unnamed character. The two will have equal screentime in this film and for future installments of the franchise, Renner would play the lead while Cruise plays a supporting, mentor-style role. While this isn't a reboot in the true sense of the word, Paramount certainly is trying to liven things up and sources familiar with the script say it has a "fresh perspective" on the series.

So if you're making a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 that won't be called MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, what do you call it? How about MISSION: UNPOSSIBLE?

Extra Tidbit: Filming on NOT M:I4 is set to begin this fall for a December, 2011 release.
Source: Variety

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1:04AM on 08/30/2010

Really?

I'm sorry but not calling it Mission: Impossible just defeats the purpose.
I'm sorry but not calling it Mission: Impossible just defeats the purpose.
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1:01AM on 08/29/2010
hmmmmm CHRIS PINE would have been a better replacement in my opinion, renner just isnt a tom cruise type...he's more of a bruce willis type, pine IS a tom cruise type of star though.


anyways, this is sounding awesome, IN BIRD I BELIEVE!
hmmmmm CHRIS PINE would have been a better replacement in my opinion, renner just isnt a tom cruise type...he's more of a bruce willis type, pine IS a tom cruise type of star though.


anyways, this is sounding awesome, IN BIRD I BELIEVE!
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7:14PM on 08/28/2010
I dunno, I think this sounds kinda cool. I'll keep positive til I hear a misstep in production
I dunno, I think this sounds kinda cool. I'll keep positive til I hear a misstep in production
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12:51PM on 08/28/2010
Spies Like Us 2.
Spies Like Us 2.
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12:11PM on 08/28/2010

I got it!

How about "Mission: Kimpossible"?
How about "Mission: Kimpossible"?
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9:17AM on 08/28/2010
I think it's just a stupid idea. But if studios DID listen to people opinions we would have heard about it... I guess. Beside, the first two movies where mostly "Mission: Tom Cruise" anyway!
Maybe they will just go with
I:MF (just the acronym)... That might work !
I think it's just a stupid idea. But if studios DID listen to people opinions we would have heard about it... I guess. Beside, the first two movies where mostly "Mission: Tom Cruise" anyway!
Maybe they will just go with
I:MF (just the acronym)... That might work !
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6:13AM on 08/28/2010
It all sound stupid. Can only hope it turns out good.

Strange with Cruise being a mentor to a guy who look as old as him (Cruise looking young).
It all sound stupid. Can only hope it turns out good.

Strange with Cruise being a mentor to a guy who look as old as him (Cruise looking young).
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3:28AM on 08/28/2010
I once stood in line at a 7-11 behind Peter Graves!
I once stood in line at a 7-11 behind Peter Graves!
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3:22AM on 08/28/2010
I've got one...it's a really dumb one, but I've got one....

'Kick Impossible Ass'!!! Yeaaaahhhh baby!
I've got one...it's a really dumb one, but I've got one....

'Kick Impossible Ass'!!! Yeaaaahhhh baby!
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2:37AM on 08/28/2010
Spies Like Us 2.
Spies Like Us 2.
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3:22AM on 08/28/2010
love that movie!
love that movie!
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12:50AM on 08/28/2010

GODDAMNIT!!!!

Fuck the industry!
Fuck the industry!
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11:19PM on 08/27/2010
I totally think they can make this work. I can't wait!
I totally think they can make this work. I can't wait!
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9:41PM on 08/27/2010

Hmm..

I have to say I found the 3rd Mission Impossible, to be my favorite one, I like the style and the villian. As for this news its almost a kick in the face. Its all about rebooting and making more money milking a certain franchase down to nothing. As for your guys new names of the film. I believe he said that the words Mission and Impossible were not going to be in the name. As for the new name I think its called "WTF is the Rabbits Foot"
I have to say I found the 3rd Mission Impossible, to be my favorite one, I like the style and the villian. As for this news its almost a kick in the face. Its all about rebooting and making more money milking a certain franchase down to nothing. As for your guys new names of the film. I believe he said that the words Mission and Impossible were not going to be in the name. As for the new name I think its called "WTF is the Rabbits Foot"
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9:35PM on 08/27/2010

Kickin' Impossibe

Lets call it - lets call it Kickin' Impossible.
Lets call it - lets call it Kickin' Impossible.
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6:18PM on 08/27/2010

WONT SEE IT W/O VING

RESPECT MINOR CHARACTERS
RESPECT MINOR CHARACTERS
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6:10PM on 08/27/2010

Alternate titles for M:I 4

1. Hunt and Friends
2. The Dark Hunt
3. Mission: Reboot
4. Seriously, Another One of These?
5. Mission: The Incredibles 2
6. The Hunt Locker
7. Tom and Jerry
1. Hunt and Friends
2. The Dark Hunt
3. Mission: Reboot
4. Seriously, Another One of These?
5. Mission: The Incredibles 2
6. The Hunt Locker
7. Tom and Jerry
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3:24AM on 08/28/2010
ROFL!! TOM & JERRY!!! That's the best thing I've read all day. You sir get a gold star for bringing a huge smile to my face.
ROFL!! TOM & JERRY!!! That's the best thing I've read all day. You sir get a gold star for bringing a huge smile to my face.
3:53PM on 08/27/2010
How about Impossible Mission!..... Oh wait I think theres a video game with that name already. I kinda dont want them to change the name because if they change the name some people not handy with these internet sites will know if its a sequel or not. Why not start subtitling them insted have the name they plan to rename it but aleast have Mission Impossible somewhere in the title. Thats why X-Men Orgins was called X-Men Orgins: Wolverine. They wanted fans to know its X-Men but didnt have any
How about Impossible Mission!..... Oh wait I think theres a video game with that name already. I kinda dont want them to change the name because if they change the name some people not handy with these internet sites will know if its a sequel or not. Why not start subtitling them insted have the name they plan to rename it but aleast have Mission Impossible somewhere in the title. Thats why X-Men Orgins was called X-Men Orgins: Wolverine. They wanted fans to know its X-Men but didnt have any X-Men in it besides Wolverine mainly. I love the MI series so Im up for a new triolgy but I would like even if somewhere it had Mission Impossible in the title.
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3:25PM on 08/27/2010
Reminds me of Star Trek, how the original crew movies were all numbered, than for the Next Gen movies they just stuck with the subtitle after the Star Trek heading. They should do the same with MI. Actually, you could call this movie Mission Impossible: Generations, because of the whole "passing of the torch" concept. That or just call it Impossible Mission Force.
Reminds me of Star Trek, how the original crew movies were all numbered, than for the Next Gen movies they just stuck with the subtitle after the Star Trek heading. They should do the same with MI. Actually, you could call this movie Mission Impossible: Generations, because of the whole "passing of the torch" concept. That or just call it Impossible Mission Force.
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2:51PM on 08/27/2010

Im ok with this...

This is how reboots for franchises like this should go. Hand down the crown to someone but still keep the original guy attached as long as possible as a side note or mentor character.
This is how reboots for franchises like this should go. Hand down the crown to someone but still keep the original guy attached as long as possible as a side note or mentor character.
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2:16PM on 08/27/2010
While I certainly like Renner and Cruise and Brad Bird and have also enjoyed all the previous Mission Impossible films to the point, this seems very odd. Don't know what to think of it. I mean it could work but at the moment seems just off
While I certainly like Renner and Cruise and Brad Bird and have also enjoyed all the previous Mission Impossible films to the point, this seems very odd. Don't know what to think of it. I mean it could work but at the moment seems just off
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2:14PM on 08/27/2010
Bad idea. Just because they want a reboot or a new direction for the franchise doesn't mean they should change the title. I think more people aren't going to recognize Mission Impossiblr under a new name. I'm really looking forward to this movie, because the first 3 are all great and I'm a huge fan of both Cruise and Renner and think Renner has what it takes to carry on the torch.
Bad idea. Just because they want a reboot or a new direction for the franchise doesn't mean they should change the title. I think more people aren't going to recognize Mission Impossiblr under a new name. I'm really looking forward to this movie, because the first 3 are all great and I'm a huge fan of both Cruise and Renner and think Renner has what it takes to carry on the torch.
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1:53PM on 08/27/2010
I feel like I'm the only one that doesn't give a good fuck about this series. Their success confounds me.
I feel like I'm the only one that doesn't give a good fuck about this series. Their success confounds me.
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3:27AM on 08/28/2010
No, your not the only one. I saw the first one in the theaters. Never wasted my time with the rest of them.
No, your not the only one. I saw the first one in the theaters. Never wasted my time with the rest of them.
1:40PM on 08/27/2010
i just lost interest.
i just lost interest.
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1:35PM on 08/27/2010

GOOD IDEA

My only grudge with Cruise is using the name Ethan Hunt and doing away with Jim Phelps. So hopefully they can reboot with Renner playing young Phelps or something. Forget the continuity nightmare just have one name from original show.
My only grudge with Cruise is using the name Ethan Hunt and doing away with Jim Phelps. So hopefully they can reboot with Renner playing young Phelps or something. Forget the continuity nightmare just have one name from original show.
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1:33PM on 08/27/2010
Jesus, wtf... M:I doesn't need a reboot (Batman did). Part 2 aside it was great to awesome (part 1). Ah well.. :(
Jesus, wtf... M:I doesn't need a reboot (Batman did). Part 2 aside it was great to awesome (part 1). Ah well.. :(
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1:01PM on 08/27/2010
Then, Brad Bird.
Then, Brad Bird.
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1:01PM on 08/27/2010
It's just a matter of time now. Next, we'll be hearing J.J. Abrams has left the project due to creative differences.
It's just a matter of time now. Next, we'll be hearing J.J. Abrams has left the project due to creative differences.
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12:55PM on 08/27/2010

new title: MISSION: WHO-GIVES-A-FUCK.

seriously. who?
seriously. who?
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12:34PM on 08/27/2010
So you've got a recognisable, worldwide brand called 'Mission: Impossible' that's been around for decades and you decide to relaunch it by... calling it something else? Well done, Paramount, you're officially helmed by morons!
So you've got a recognisable, worldwide brand called 'Mission: Impossible' that's been around for decades and you decide to relaunch it by... calling it something else? Well done, Paramount, you're officially helmed by morons!
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12:19PM on 08/27/2010

SAD AND PATHETIC!!

If it's not call Mission Impossible, then it's NOT a mission impossible flick -- then just call it James Bond or in this matter Ethan Bond!!Except for Part 1, part 2 and 3 wasn't a mission impossible type of movie -- should have been called Tom Cruise action movie!! THE IMP CONCEPT IS ABOUT THE TEAM, ALL HAVING EQUAL PARTS ... IT'S NOT ABOUT JUST ONE GUY THINKING HE'S THE TERMINATOR!!
If it's not call Mission Impossible, then it's NOT a mission impossible flick -- then just call it James Bond or in this matter Ethan Bond!!Except for Part 1, part 2 and 3 wasn't a mission impossible type of movie -- should have been called Tom Cruise action movie!! THE IMP CONCEPT IS ABOUT THE TEAM, ALL HAVING EQUAL PARTS ... IT'S NOT ABOUT JUST ONE GUY THINKING HE'S THE TERMINATOR!!
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11:37PM on 08/27/2010
It's easier to juggle an ensemble cast in a television show because you have more time to do so. It's MUCH harder in a film to juggle multiple character story lines within 2 hours or less.

Sure, you can carry them through multiple films, but with 2-4 years between each installment they lose a little bit each time.

The first one ATTEMPTED it, and it worked on some levels, but to me, the third one found the right balance. You seem to forget the third one HAD a team of agents. Three is hard
It's easier to juggle an ensemble cast in a television show because you have more time to do so. It's MUCH harder in a film to juggle multiple character story lines within 2 hours or less.

Sure, you can carry them through multiple films, but with 2-4 years between each installment they lose a little bit each time.

The first one ATTEMPTED it, and it worked on some levels, but to me, the third one found the right balance. You seem to forget the third one HAD a team of agents. Three is hard enough, let alone an entire TEAM. (X3 showed how hard it is to juggle multiple characters, and that's just one example). Film adaptations of tv shows HAVE TO change things and take out characters in order to stream line the story into 2 hours. Just the way it goes.
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12:10PM on 08/27/2010

tae k

and they should bring back Emilio! he some how survived that elevator impalement and became a villain!
and they should bring back Emilio! he some how survived that elevator impalement and became a villain!
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12:09PM on 08/27/2010

as long as they keep the theme song!

watch it'll be called "Impossible Mission".

"While the previous three MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE films all dealt with Ethan Hunt and a team of agents, NOT M:I4 will instead deal with only two agents"


i thought Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg were returning?
watch it'll be called "Impossible Mission".

"While the previous three MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE films all dealt with Ethan Hunt and a team of agents, NOT M:I4 will instead deal with only two agents"


i thought Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg were returning?
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11:51AM on 08/27/2010

If it ain't broke...

Haven't they learned anything from what happened to Fox with the marketing for 'Knight & Day'? Many people came out of that movie wondering why the characters weren't called, you know, Knight and Day.... Also, I like Renner, and I think he'll be really good with Cruise - but he isn't a 'movie star' who can carry the series after Cruise. There are only a handful of actors these days who are bona fide international movie stars. Oh, and for those who make the Daniel Craig comparison - I knew
Haven't they learned anything from what happened to Fox with the marketing for 'Knight & Day'? Many people came out of that movie wondering why the characters weren't called, you know, Knight and Day.... Also, I like Renner, and I think he'll be really good with Cruise - but he isn't a 'movie star' who can carry the series after Cruise. There are only a handful of actors these days who are bona fide international movie stars. Oh, and for those who make the Daniel Craig comparison - I knew that guy was a star (and potential Bond) the moment I first saw him in 'Our Friends in the North'.
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11:50AM on 08/27/2010
Nah. I want Tom Cruise in the lead and only THEN Renner. Stop the reboot, make it a sequel to the third one.
Nah. I want Tom Cruise in the lead and only THEN Renner. Stop the reboot, make it a sequel to the third one.
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11:16AM on 08/27/2010
"The Wild and Wacky Adventures of Ethan Hunt and Co."??? Either way it's a stupid idea, and is only going to confuse common movie-goers.
"The Wild and Wacky Adventures of Ethan Hunt and Co."??? Either way it's a stupid idea, and is only going to confuse common movie-goers.
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11:13AM on 08/27/2010
This is more comparable to Jack Ryan or James Bond movies that DON'T have numbered titles. I don't even know if this can be considered a reboot if there is literally a passing of the torch scenario written in. "Reboot" should be saved for 100% fresh starts attempting to create a franchise
This is more comparable to Jack Ryan or James Bond movies that DON'T have numbered titles. I don't even know if this can be considered a reboot if there is literally a passing of the torch scenario written in. "Reboot" should be saved for 100% fresh starts attempting to create a franchise
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10:59AM on 08/27/2010
The whole idea behind getting a new director for every MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film is that each film has its own style. Essentially every single MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film has been a “reboot” of the franchise. This sounds completely retarded and unnecessary.
The whole idea behind getting a new director for every MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film is that each film has its own style. Essentially every single MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film has been a “reboot” of the franchise. This sounds completely retarded and unnecessary.
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10:14AM on 08/27/2010
Not a team of agents so why has Ving Rhames been cast,I don't think its eye candy.
Not a team of agents so why has Ving Rhames been cast,I don't think its eye candy.
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10:08AM on 08/27/2010
The good: They're straying from the original franchise which wasn't all that good in the first place and detracted from the original idea. The bad: They're copying the Batman reboot again.

I'm excited to see where this goes.
The good: They're straying from the original franchise which wasn't all that good in the first place and detracted from the original idea. The bad: They're copying the Batman reboot again.

I'm excited to see where this goes.
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10:02AM on 08/27/2010

Not Comparable to TDK

...as it was that film was a sequel, and I doubt the next one will be called TDK2.

This is stupid, though. The M:I franchise doesn't have enough recognizable aspects to compensate for the lack of being told that its M:I....
...as it was that film was a sequel, and I doubt the next one will be called TDK2.

This is stupid, though. The M:I franchise doesn't have enough recognizable aspects to compensate for the lack of being told that its M:I....
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