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There’s been a lot of talk about how Paramount would manage Mission: Impossible 4 after the not outrageously good box-office of Knight and Day. (Which was also not outrageously disappointing, as the film has made twice in foreign markets what it pulled domestically.) The big idea was that the studio would expand the script a bit to be split more evenly between Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt character and another operative.

That seems to be the case, and now we know who’ll play the other guy: Jeremy Renner. Read More »

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Paramount Pictures and director Brad Bird are going to begin testing actors to star alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 4. The Wrap is reporting that Keven Zegers (Frozen), Christopher Egan (Resident Evil: Extinction) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) are in contention for roles in the new film. It is unclear if they are in competition with each other for the same role, or if they are up for a number of roles in the new M:I team. It was previously rumored that Paramount had decided to rework the script to introduce “a young operative” for Ethan Hunt to mentor (ie another, more bankable star, to put on the poster and sell in tv spots and trailers) after Knight and Day failed to hit big at the box office.

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Assuming that the majority of this information is valid, there are going to be about two dozen worth of news stories crammed in one here, so brace yourselves.

According to a leaked email exposing Paramount’s upcoming movie slate, they’re going to be pretty busy over the next few years, working on a slew of potentially promising projects that are either set to go ahead or awaiting further script developments. Find out which of their films you have to look forward to after the break. Read More »

Is the future for big stars? As Paramount hammers out deals for Mission: Impossible 4, one detail has come to light: Tom Cruise will take a lot less money up front than he once would have commanded. The trade-off is that he’s in line for a back-end payday that could still put his take in line with old-school movie star signing salaries. If the film does well, that is. Read More »

Simon Pegg Returns for Mission: Impossible 4

Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek) has signed on to reprise his role as the comic relief lab geek Benji Dunn for Mission: Impossible 4. THR reports that while the project has yet to be officially greenlit, director Brad Bird has been reading actors this week and production is tracking to begin in early September 2010.

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Mission: Impossible 4 To Be Reworked?

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Last month it was reported that Alias‘ scribes Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec had turned in their script for the Brad Bird-directed Mission: Impossible 4, but would the box office for Cruise’s action/comedy Knight and Day effect the upcoming spy action sequel? Knight and Day pulled in a mildly disappointing $61.8 million domestically after a month of release, and it now appears that Paramount might be reworking the script to introduce “a young operative” for Ethan Hunt to mentor (ie another, more bankable star, to put on the poster and sell in tv spots and trailers).

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We’re in speculation-ville here, so don’t take this all too seriously yet. The short answer to the headline’s question: probably not in a huge way. Mission: Impossible is an established franchise with an audience base and an appeal that goes beyond Tom Cruise, so even if Cruise’s action comedy Knight and Day doesn’t find an audience, the prospects for Mission: Impossible 4 shouldn’t be ruled out.

But with a new draft of the script in hand at Paramount and the final green light decision approaching, there’s a speculative report that Paramount is thinking hard about how to approach the fourth film in the super-spy franchise. Read More »

Brad Bird

Yesterday, Paramount announced that Mission Impossible 4 was being pushed back from May 27th to a December 16th 2011 release. We mentioned that Brad Bird had still not officially been announced as the director for the film, despite previous reports that he was in final negotiations for the gig. Empire got a chance to talk to Tom Cruise, who confirmed that Brad Bird is signed, and will be directing M:I-IV.

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