Mission: Impossible 4 and JJ Abrams' Super 8 Get Release Dates
05.08.10 by Ryan
J.J. Abrams is going to be pretty busy for the next year with Paramount giving both his secret Super 8 project and Mission: Impossible 4 release dates for next year. Deadline reports that Super 8 will open sometime in the summer, while MI:4 will be shifted from Memorial Day weekend to December 16, 2011.
MI:4 will reunite Tom Cruise with his Mission: Impossible 3 director, only this time Abrams will stay on in a producer capacity. The search for a replacement has been going on for months now, with Brad Bird (The Incredibles) rumored to be the top choice over candidates such as Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and Edgar Wright. Cruise told Empire that Wright came close, but confirmed that Bird had won the job.
I dig Edgar. Very nice guy, very smart, very talented, I'd really like to do something with him. I met Edgar on the set of Mission 3. Simon Pegg and those guys are hilarious. I love Shaun Of The Dead. It's amazing. But we're working with Brad right now. I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about it but everything's signed.... Brad is doing it. The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille — Brad is enormously talented and JJ and I are having a blast, cranking away. We're having a lot of fun. I like working with people I just love hanging out with. You get to hang out and laugh and talk stories and movies and technology: what are we going to do?
Former Alias writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec wrote the screenplay for MI:4, which Abrams previously revealed would be "consistent with the world that has been created," meaning that Cruise will embark on a mission that's impossible should he choose to accept it (and he will). No other details about the plot are known.
Details are equally brief about Abrams' Super 8, with the teaser trailer premiering before showings of the just-released Iron Man 2. According to THR, Abrams wrote the original script and will direct, with Steven Spielberg signed on as producer. The report also states that Super 8 will have nothing to do with the Abrams-produced Cloverfield, contrary to previous speculation about the movie.
The THR report offers a possible storyline for the movie, while MTV has a spoiler-rific breakdown of the trailer, but rather than ruin anything about the movie we'll just say that the movie may take place in 1979 and will be sci-fi in nature.
Abrams will shoot Super 8 this fall before heading into pre-production on Star Trek 2.