J.J. Abrams will produce but NOT direct the upcoming fourth “Mission Impossible” according to a press release from Paramount Pictures.
The announcement confirms that Tom Cruise will return as star and producer on M:I-4 which will target a Memorial Day 2011 release. Bad Robot Productions and Skydance Productions will co-finance and produce.
Cruise and Abrams are currently in the process of selecting a director. Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec, who served as showrunners on the final few seasons of Abrams’ “Alias” and the short-lived American “Life on Mars” remake, are attached to pen the script.