J.J. Abrams Says Producing, Probably NOT Directing Mission: Impossible IV

J.J. Abrams is on a roll! After creating hit TV shows “Alias” and “Lost,” he took a seat in the director’s chair for Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible III‘ and has been going strong ever since (‘Cloverfield,’ ‘Star Trek,’ you get the idea). And now, the ‘Mission: Impossible IV’ movie is underway, with Abrams and Cruise producing, and “Alias” alum Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec have been hired to write the screenplay. But the big question that remains is: will J.J. get back behind the camera?

In an interview with MTV News, Abrams said it looks unlikely that he’ll be directing the fourth installment of the franchise. “I’m producing with Tom,” said Abrams. “My guess is, given other things, that I will not be directing the movie.”

So there may be a fourth director, meaning that four different directors will have worked on the films (the other two were John Woo and Brian de Palma). Which leaves us with an even bigger question: will Tom reprise his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt?

“I don’t want to give anything away yet,” Abrams said, “but I will say that it’s a story that will feel consistent with the world that has been created.”

Hmmmm…that could mean so many things. The suspense is killing us! See what you think by watching the video clip of J.J. talking to MTV News below:

Excited for Mission: Impossible 4? Sound off in the comments!

Related Film Facts:

Simon Pegg, who starred as Benji in ‘Mission: Impossible III,’ played the role of Montgomery Scott (aka Scotty) in the ‘Star Trek’ movie, directed by — who else — J.J. Abrams!

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  • Anna

    You can’t have a MI4 without Tom…NO WAY!!!! He is the best and the only one to fill those shoes and I don’t care what anyone says he is one of the best actors of our time by far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Morgaine

    I would love to see another MI movie with Tom Cruise in it ! J.J. Abrams is one of my favorite people too ! Chris Carter as well ! ( I am an X-files, Millenium, fan ) I have loved Tom Cruises work since “Legend”. Everything he is involved in just turns out wonderful ! Really beautiful art. This is to say “Thanks” to Mister Cruise for his bit at the end of “Tropic of Thunder”. I have never laughed that hard in my life ! I laughed until my face hurt ! Thank you Thank you Thank you !!!