Who Would YOU Like to See as Director of Mission: Impossible IV?

From the Official www.TomCruise.com Blog:


Tom Cruise will return as superagent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible IV, but a director has not been chosen yet. For those of you hoping for J.J. Abrams to return to the director’s chair (he directed Mission: Impossible III), sorry—he’s only executive producing this time around.

So, who will helm the latest installment of this mega-franchise? No one knows as of yet. But we thought we’d take a look at the past three directors and examine the differences in their filmmaking styles:

Mission: Impossible: Brian De Palma


Known for his psychological thrillers like Carrie and Dressed to Kill, as well as graphic violence in gangster films like Scarface, The Untouchables, and Carlito’s Way, De Palma is often considered to be a member of “New Hollywood” generation of directors along with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola. In Mission: Impossible, De Palma made sure to kick off the franchise with lots of over-the-top action and explosions, including helicopters flying in train tunnels and a restaurant fish tank explosion.

Mission: Impossible II: John Woo


Hailing from Hong Kong, Woo’s highly stylized action sequences and slow motion fight scenes are usually prevalent in his action films like A Better Tomorrow, Once a Thief, and Face/Off. There was certainly no shortage of ass-kicking in the second installment, as Woo made sure to include amazing fights, gun play, and a high-adreneline motorcycle chase, not to mention one of Woo’s signatures – white doves.

Mission: Impossible III: J.J. Abrams


Abrams came from the world of television, where he created and produced TV hits like Felicity, Alias, and Lost. After watching DVDs of Alias, Cruise contacted Abrams and asked him to work on MI:3. It was Abrams’ first time directing a feature-length film, but it included all the plot twists, intrigue, and mystery that his work is known for, plus an ensemble cast and a great heist scene in Vatican City, complete with a blown up Lamborghini and speedboat getaway.

Although the job is very much up in the air, we are curious to know what YOU think. Which director has the right combination of smarts, intrigue and action sequence know-how to deliver another knockout installment of M:I?

Much like when we asked you who would make a great leading lady for M:I4, let us know who you think would fit best in the directors chair, should you choose to accept this mission. We’d like you to think of your dream director for the next Mission – who do you want to see in the director’s chair, shooting car chases, explosions, fight sequences, and everything else it takes to create an action-packed summer blockbuster? Let us know on Twitter. Or on our Facebook fan page. Or right here on the Official Tom Cruise Blog! Sound off in the comments below!

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  • Jonas

    I think Tony Scott would be a perfect choice. He has been making actionmovies ever since he started his career so he knows what it’s all about. But the list can be so long. You have great experience in Bryan Singer, Paul Greengrass and also Brett Ratner. And another talented director is F Gary Gray. Either one of these directors would do a great job with the film. /Jonas from Sweden

  • walker

    Brian de Palma, pois ele devera levar o filme a um novo estatos tendo jah assim dirigido o primeiro talves com um retorno a origem da serie M.I. com muita ação e muita explosao mais tambem poderia ter algo mais ala sherlok holmes quem sabe fica ai a dica abraços a todos vocês

  • Werner Esch

    John Woo again or Quentin Tarantino

  • Yvonne Q

    Jon Woo….of course…

  • Carlos

    gore verbinski, or antoine fuqua

  • Sharon Cohen

    Would love John Woo again. Big, Big Fan. If he can’t do it the other ACTION directors I think of are James Cameron, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski (Matrix).

    Love the fight sequences that use objects. I love the car chase scences that make me feel like I have to dunk my head when some other object is flying at the screen.

    Best of luck

  • Violetta

    I prefer John Woo.:)))
    Also M:I-2 was the most successful one.

  • Harry Georgatos

    Bring back Brian De Palma! No one assembles shots and moves the camera better then De Palma! De Palma had the worse script out of the 3 mission films but De Palma’s direction is the best and most sophisticated out of the 3 mission films. De Palma’s directing technique is the one best suited for a truly mindbending mission movie. His directing style is super-super cool.

  • Louis Matta

    For director, it would be awesome for JJ Abrams to come back, but if he’s busy with Star Trek 2, then i suggest either Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) or Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank)

  • http://www.tomcruise.com natimaryluna

    Tom¡¡ john Woo o JJ Abrams

  • http://twitter.com/__doug Douglas Aparecido Dinelli

    Brian De Palma!!
    Nada melhor do que o diretor que deu inicio a esse filme de Sucesso! Parabéns Tom, e todos do elenco, sem dúvida o melhor.

  • http://www.twitter.com/UTexLex UTexLex

    What makes the M:I franchise stand apart from other action series (or any series rather) is each installment stands independently and can be viewed as a singular film as opposed to one of a series. This lack of plot connection or continuity is usually irritating in a film series, but because each M:I film is so stylistically different from the next, it works perfectly. With the exception of Tom, Ving, use of masks, & Tom being suspended inches from the floor, each film has little to nothing to do with the prior. The first film acts as a political suspense thriller, the second is a summer popcorn flick with over-the-top action, while the third film truly explores the world of double-lives of spies and espionage. Each film has had a very strong director that brings a different approach.

    The fourth installment should continue this trend of being a “different” type of film (in fact, I’d be disappointed if the fourth followed #3 stylistically). Tom has literally worked with all the best directors (Spielberg, Scorcese, De Palma, Kubrick, Crowe, Mann). Outside of Christopher Nolan who would be ideal, I’d like to see him reunited with Michael Mann who would create a very slick and violent version of a M:I picture.

    Oh, and make sure it’s titled “Mission: Impossible-4″. There’s nothing worse than adding lame subtitles or re-branding it to something like “MISSION” or “FINAL MISSION”.

  • María Carolina Guarache

    Pienso que James Cameron sería un buen director para Misión Imposible 4

  • http://www.twitter.com/Deansley Deansley

    Len Wiseman

  • http://www.twitter.com/Deansley Deansley

    No sorry! I would like to change that to Michael Bay because he has been involved with so many great films and he may have what it takes to deliver the next installment

  • hwk65

    From one extreme to another , Ang Lee or Richard Donner.
    Both have action adventure backgrounds.
    Both are respected directors.
    Both need a job, lol.

    Have a good one Tom, thanks for the Twitter follow.


  • xatch

    I am an actor/independent film maker. Mr. Cruise your films are not only blcokbusters but have something most huge films do not, heart and intergrity. As for the director chair for the next installement had three I thought of., One being Tarantino, would love to see you two work together. Two would be catherine hardwicke, watch her films closely you’ll appreciate the talent and three would be Joss whedon, never thought of that one did ya, but understand if you were to sit and watch his films and t.v. programs you will get his genious.

  • Ricardo Matos

    Would love to see John Woo return or Tony Scott have the job, he’s the best action director around !

  • Chamara

    I think Brian De Palma is a great director but the directing of Mission Impossible II is something different and it’s got amazing visuals too. Specially even the romantic scenes in MI:2 is one of the best choreographed for action movie. And it’s music is fantastic. I think John Woo’s edition of Mission Impossible is one of a kind. Since he hasn’t done big projects like that for sometime there might be some amazing ideas hidden inside Mr. Woo’s head. I think it could blow us away with Tom Cruise.

  • http://www.tomcruise.com rob

    good question….maybe brian depalma did an amazing job. I’d like to see someone along those lines again including some more classic Mission Impossible stuff.

  • Myke

    J.J. Abrams!! Hands down!

  • james

    I would like to see Tyler Shields direct this movie HE IS THE FUTURE AND IF YOU DONT GET ON BOARD YOU WILL BE THE PAST!

  • Mayank Nagar

    John Woo for sure…….

  • http://Msn.com Robert teixeira

    #1 John woo MI2 great all around action adreneline sceens and thrill ride . And #2 jj abrams did amazing in MI 3 first full feature movie well thougt out action suspence and thrill #3 brian de palma MI1 all around tried and true there with the grates that helelcoper thru the tunnel was to amazing

  • http://www.starnow.co.uk/bhaskarpurohit Bhaskar Purohit

    Well I would love to see John Woo direct it again but if you dont want to repeat the director then maybe Guy Ritchie(sherlock Holmes, snatch) or christopher nolan(dark knight) or martin campbell(Casino Royale) or F Gary Gary(The Italian Job)…………..well it depends very much on the script………………..well its Tom Cruise so I would love to see Mr.James Cameron or Mr.Steven Speilberg direct it…….cuz thats going to be a pair

  • http://www.briandepalma.org Geoff

    I would love to see Paul Verhoeven direct the fourth film– a Verhoeven installment might actually give De Palma’s film a run for his money! Beyond that, Quentin Tarantino would be incredible, but he usually does films that he writes and originates. Which gets me to thinking– what kind of M:I film might the Coen Brothers make? I would love to find out…

  • http://spaze.info rado

    Hello, it has to be someone who knows suspense. Kathryn Bigelow immediately comes to mind. Regards.

  • http://twitter.com/milancheto milancheto

    Brian De Palma or maybe Quentin Tarantino. They making really good movies.

  • http://twitter.com/PrincipeV Emanuele Ceccacci (PrincipeV)

    Advocating a return behind the camera of John Woo, an authentic poet of the action or Brian De Palma,but I know that this is impossible …. but this is not difficult mission is mission impossible! joking aside … I would see behind the camera, as sometimes written over the pages of Twitter, which initially was to be David Fincher director of the third Mission: Impossible, the same Joe Carnahan, Paul Greengrass, Michael Mann, Steven Soderbergh, Ang Lee , Christopher Nolan (not really!) but mostly it would be really nice to see behind the camera for Kathryn Bigelow’s fourth Mission: Impossible!! I hope Tom consider my List … greetings to the staff you are lovely. By Italian Fan of Tom Cruise! : )

  • Ozlem Yazici

    jj Abrahams or John Woo

  • Marcelo Caballero

    For me Steven Spielberg, James Cameron or John Woo .

  • mathew kovacik

    I suggest quentin tarantino

  • http://rayseriderontwitter anthony tony bartolomeo

    i would to see john woo as director for your next mission impossible moving picture..and put me in it..i.m a sag member since 1996!..i can do the work!!!

  • James Bond

    Brian De Palma!

  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0804673/ Anthony

    ok, John Woo, he wil give it the action thriller feel with the-slow mo projectile shots…the action scenes will be exciting for sure

  • http://www.twitter.com/guesswhoisthis Amanda

    Taratino would make it a great river of blood and crazyness, I would love to see it!

  • http://twitter Mark Garcia

    I think Brian Singer would to a great job for the next M.I.

  • Kazu

    I think …J.J. Abrams

  • Christina Sharpe

    Some good choices would be Kathryn Bigelow, The Coen Brothers, or Neill Blomkamp. They are all coming off a very successful year. Not James Cameron.

  • http://www.tomcruise.com natimaryluna

    John Woo o JJ Abrams ,uno de ellos podria ser el director de MI4

  • Catia

    I’d like to MI:4 J.J.Abrams. Kisses !!!

  • Michelle

    James Cameron

  • Armando

    Yeah,i loove uu so much tom!and i cn’t wait 4 the next m:i4.i think i can choose j.j abrams for next director for m:i4.thx u

  • Marcelo Caballero

    For me Steven Spielberg or John Woo .

  • Stephanie DeMartino

    Paul Greengrass. He was superb in the Bourne series. Love those movies. I don’t see Matt Damon when I watch them. I see Jason Bourne that’s how good of a job this Director did in making me believe the story. :)

  • Julie Ann

    Woody Allen…OK, that’s my comedy for the day. (I’m on a diet)
    seriously tho,
    Luc Besson…[5th Element]
    ya…loved that movie.

  • Tian

    By sheer chance I watched EMILIO ESTEVEZ’s movie BOBBY for the first time last night. Mr Cruise the level of commitment, dedication and passion that Emilio Estevez brought to that movie. And the fact that he wrote and also directed it. I firmly believe he should direct you in MI:4. I believe this would be a brilliant creative collaboration between the two of you. As well as the personal fact that he is also linked to the franchise by starring with you in the first Mission Impossible movie!
    If he was to bring the meticulous attention to detail present in BOBBY to MI:4. Then you are sure to have a worldwide box office blockbuster. The performances he interwove and encouraged in that movie including that of Anthony Hopkins were masterful.
    Demi Moore said of working with him on BOBBY “He is an incredibly generous director. He’s NOT precious about his own words. He has an ability to give you room as an actor to be creative. And yet hold the strength of his vision”.
    BOBBY had the most amazing End Closing Credits sequence I have ever seen captured on a bio pic~EVER!
    I hope you have been quietly considering him! Perhaps Emilio could capture onscreen something in the life of Ethan Hunt that no director has yet managed! And something worldwide audiences would be drawn to and respond to.
    AND if by chance you don’t go with Emilio Estevez than I would be looking at whomever is the director of the British Spy Series SPOOKS. Because cinematographically and storyline wise they are brilliant at building suspense and intrigue also. And would come from a TV backround like J.J.Abrams did if that is your preference.

  • Deepa

    Tom, John Woo would be the best choice for MI IV…MI II rocked..we at India enjoyed this movie time and again for its gripping scenes, action, direction and screenplay!!..loved you in it Tom…and another thing…I loved you as Maverick in Top Gun…you must come back again with a Sequel as Lt Pete Mitchell…please consider this..:))

  • Annabelle

    JJ Abrams! Nevertheless, i’ll watch any film Tom Cruise is in :)

  • Cally

    Brian de Palma, John Woo, Donald Bellisario or Alan J. Levi.