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Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams And Paramount Reunite For ‘MI:4′; Will Square Off Against ‘Hangover’ Sequel

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Paramount is ready to reunite with Tom Cruise for a fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series with Star Trek director J.J. Abrams on hand to produce the film. The studio had prematurely ended its production deal with Cruise in 2006 following the release of MI:3, which Abrams also wrote and directed. The second sequel in the franchise was regarded as somewhat of a box office disappointment with a domestic gross that was less than the previous two films.

Paramount attributed those lower grosses to Cruise’s strange behavior around the time of the film’s release (remember the Oprah couch jumping or his Today Show meltdown with Matt Lauer ?), during which he came off like a Scientologist loony toon. In August 2006, Sumner Redstone released a statement saying:

As much as we like him personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal. His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount.

Now that’s all water under the bridge. Money speaks louder than words. And the MI franchise is too lucrative for Paramount to leave sitting too long. Chairman Brad Grey released this statement regarding the new deal:

Tom and J.J. are great talents and we are excited to be working with them to re-launch this legendary franchise.

It’s amazing what three years of damage control and an apology to Matt Lauer will do for a Hollywood star. MI:3 is set to be released during Memorial Day weekend 2011, opposite what is sure to be another blockbuster: the much anticipated Hangover sequel.

Bradley Cooper has confirmed that the rest of the original cast and crew is on board and that the storyline is coming together. He says:

The four of us got together and toyed around with the idea of where it was going to be and what happens and [writer/director] Todd Phillips came up with this hilarious opening that I hope stays.

Hmm. I wonder where the sequel will take place. Hopefully somehwere even more original than Las Vegas in the first installment. I’m thinking Reno.

[Reuters]

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