Ethan Hunt is taking a cue from James Bond, it seems. The next Mission: Impossible film may not be named Mission: Impossible IV, breaking the current naming convention. It may not even have "Mission: Impossible" in the title, reports Variety. Producer J.J. Abrams, star Tom Cruise and director Brad Bird (a Pixar alumni) have decided to go a new route for the next film. Yesterday, it was announced that Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) star opposite Cruise.
Like every James Bond adventure, the new film may be named after a character or the particular impossible mission it portrays. It appears that the franchise is being prepped to carry on like Bond with the casting of Renner as a main character and Cruise's Ethan Hunt in a lesser role. Series staples Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are also returning, but it's uncertain how large a role they will play.
It's wise to begin to transition the M:I series into a flexible franchise, but I hope they spend more time working on the actual plot. Brad Bird, don't let me down.
What do you think? Are you happy Cruise has a smaller role?