Cruise, Abrams Prep For Fourth “Mission”

“Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams tells TV Guide via Spoiler TV that he’s set to produce the fourth “Mission: Impossible” film.

“I am incredibly honored that Tom [Cruise] has invited me back as a producer on ‘Mission: Impossible 4’. Tom and I have come up with a really cool idea we are pursuing” said Abrams who directed 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III”.

Riding high on the critical and commercial success of “Star Trek”, Abrams has yet to settle on a next directorial outing and hasn’t committed to directing either the fourth ‘Mission’ or second ‘Trek’ as yet.

Though reviews for all three ‘Mission’ films have always been mediocre, 2006’s M:I-3 seemed to have the edge in terms of good reaction even though it made the least box-office (personally I found DePalma’s first film to be the only one I liked).

Yet with a worldwide tally of just under $400 million worldwide, almost triple its $150M budget, the franchise has been highly profitable for the studio so interest in a fourth outing comes as no surprise.