JJ Abrams is a very smart guy when it comes to world-building. His “Mission: Impossible 3” was a lot of fun, and it
emphasized the team side of things more than the first two films did.
Yes, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise’s character) was still front and center, and
yes, the last act of the film was just basically “Run, Tom Cruise,
run!” Even so, Abrams and his writers seemed to understand that part of
the fun of the series is putting a team together and then watching them
play their strengths off of each other.
Abrams has been working with
writers to develop “Mission: Impossible 4” for a while now, but he’s not
going to be directing the film. Instead, they’re out to other
to Borys Kit at the HeatVision Blog, and they met with
Edgar Wright (who is still so buried in “Scott Pilgrim” post-production
that there’s no way he’d be free to start work on the film when
Paramount would need him to), Ruben Fleischer (who seems to be on every
short list for every film in town right now), and Brad Bird.