Cruise will team up with J.J. Abrams, who directed “M.I. 3,” to co-produce the film. Given the current reboot trend one might expect a fresher face to star in the picture, but Deadline Hollywood insists Tom Cruise will reprise the role of Ethan Hunt as the lead character.
Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec will make up the screenwriting team, and they’ll base their script on an original story dreamed up by Cruise and Abrams.
The studio expects a Memorial Day 2011 release date. The Chairman of Paramount Studios Brad Grey had this to say: “Tom and J.J. are great talents and we are excited to be working with them to re-launch this legendary franchise.”