Although he will be involved with Mission: Impossible IV, J.J. Abrams won’t be directing the movie.
In 2006, Abrams directed his first feature film, Mission: Impossible III, but he won’t do the same for Mission: Impossible IV, which goes into production next year for a probable 2011 release.
“I’m producing with Tom [Cruise,] said Abrams. “My guess is, given other things, that I will not be directing the movie.”
According to Abrams the story for Mission: Impossible IV, will “feel consistent with the world that has been created. It’s not a reboot kind of thing.” Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will be writing the screenplay.
Cruise wanted Abrams for Mission: Impossible IV. “Tom asked if I’d be interested in working with him again,” said Abrams. “I didn’t have a sense of what the story would be, but very quickly this idea came to mind, and Tom reacted to it in a way that got me excited, and then we got André and Josh to come onboard, and they began developing the idea with us.”
Although he has many irons in the fire, Abrams would not be averse to adding another one, being interested in the Superman franchise, as he told MTV recently. “It was a very passionate character for me,” he said. “As a kid growing up it meant a lot to me. It would be wonderful and fun to see that brought back. I don’t know what Warners is thinking or what their plan is. It would be a blast.”
Abrams has written a script about Superman, which has made the Internet rounds, and he feels that a later draft of this script would make a good movie. “That version of the movie, the one that was reviewed and vilified, was actually not the latest draft we had at the time and we worked on it well after that. I do think there’s a version of that movie that could be really fun to see. You never really know. Everything happens for a reason.”