- Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Josh Holloway, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Léa Seydoux, Anil Kapoor, Darren Shahlavi, Samuli Edelmann, Vladimir Mashkov, Miraj Grbic, Ivan Shvedoff
- Director: Brad Bird
- Writers: J.J. Abrams, Josh Appelbaum, Tom Cruise, André Nemec
- Producers: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Tom Cruise
- Co Producers: Tommy Harper, David Minkowski, Tim Smythe, Matthew Stillman
- Executive Producers: Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison
- Art Directions: Helen Jarvis, Christa Munro
- Castings: Nancy Bishop, April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg
- Costume Design: Michael Kaplan
- D.O.P.: Robert Elswit
- Editor: Paul Hirsch
- Makeup: Monica Huppert
- Music: Michael Giacchino
- Production Design: James D. Bissell
- Set Decorations: Rosemary Brandenburg, Elizabeth Wilcox
After a massive bomb destroys much of the Kremlin, the U.S. President initiates 'Ghost Protocol' - disavowing the entire IMF. Ethan Hunt and his team are set to be used as scapegoats for the blast, but they head off the grid in an effort to find the real bomber and restore their innocence.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Prague, Czech Republic; Vancouver, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Sequences of intense action and violence
- Production Budget: $140 million
- Production Companies: Bad Robot, FilmWorks, Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, Stillking Films
- Production Schedule: 29 September 2010 - 19 March 2011
2011 Guide Analysis: "With economic times tight, the green lighting of a fourth "Mission: Impossible" was a no-brainer for Paramount. With the last film pulling in $400 million worldwide from a $150 million budget, so long as the costs could be kept under control then the studio would have a sure fire moneymaker on its hands. The initial aim was to get J.J. Abrams back in the director's chair and have the film in theatres in time for Memorial Day 2011.
Then various delays in development and pre-production forced the film to be pushed back to December this year, a welcome move as the studio would've been rushing far too fast to meet that original release date. With a slightly tighter $140 million budget, there was talk the film would drop the "Mission: Impossible" title altogether in favor of just the name "Aries", however that was ultimately decided against and the new title "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" was revealed at a Dubai press conference.
The other big talk in pre-production was Tom Cruise's involvement. With the action superstar not the box-office draw he once was, and the disappointing box-office of "Knight and Day" this past Summer ramming the point home, the studio opted to play it safe and is moving the focus away from Cruise's Ethan Hunt character to the new team and more specifically the role of Brandt whom could become the franchise's new key cast member. That role was tested with various actors including Anthony Mackie, Christopher Egan and Kevin Zegers though ultimately "The Hurt Locker" and "The Town" star Jeremy Renner won it.
Abrams opted out of directing the film but remains as producer and contributed to the script. Ultimately Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Ratatouille") came onboard to helm and filming has taken place throughout the world over the past four months including Dubai, Prague, Moscow, Vancouver and Rajasthan in India. Shooting in Dubai included some death-defying stunt work on top of the Burj Khalifa tower, the world's tallest building.
The casting is pretty inspired this time out including "Deja Vu" actress Paula Patton, "Lost" hunk Josh Holloway, the return of Simon Pegg, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist as the villain, and "Slumdog Millionaire" actor Anil Kapoor in a key role. The feel here is one of optimism. The general misfire of the second film aside, both the first and third 'Mission' are generally liked though neither are really considered great. This one is expected to at least follow suit if not set a new high watermark if Bird's skills with live action are anywhere near as acute as they are with animation."