The Mission: Impossible franchise has been a difficult series to get a handle on. The first one was damn good and took most people by surprise, I think. The second one was absolutely atrocious, suffering heavily from the over-stylization of John Woo’s directing (Doves! Motorcycle fights! More doves!). The third was perhaps an even bigger surprise — that is, to those who liked it. It seems that people are pretty evenly split about the J.J. Abrams-directed third entry — personally, I enjoyed the hell out of it. There was an actual mission, there was actual teamwork, and the acting and action was pretty entertaining — I even listed Phillip Seymour Hoffman as one of the best villains of the decade.
Of course, the real polarizing figure will always be Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. Personally, I think Cruise is, with the proper material and directing, a hell of an actor, and particularly a hell of an action star (Minority Report and Collateral are two prime examples). Of course, the downside is that he’s pants-shittingly bonkers, and it’s tough for some folks to get past that. Me? Eh. Whatever. If I protested all the crazy people in my life, I’d be a lonely son of a bitch.
Anyway, the point of all of this is that Cruise has definitely signed on to do a fourth Mission: Impossible movie, to be released once again by Paramount. There’s no word on whether any of his team from the last film will be involved, and it seems unlikely since, according to Deadline Hollywood, this will be something of a reboot.
Which confuses the ever-loving fuck out of me. Is it my imagination, or do Hollywood producers not actually understand what a reboot is? How do you reboot a series with the same characters and actors? It’s a goddamn mystery.
In any event, of equal importance to fans of the third, is the news that J.J. Abrams will not be directing, though he will be producing (alongside with Cruise). Going along with that, the script will be based on a idea that was developed by both Abrams and Cruise, meaning it will likely have a lot of hot chicks kicking ass, aliens who live in volcanoes, Suppressive Persons as the villains, and a shitload of lens flares.
Oh, like you wouldn’t watch that.