Mission: Impossible IV will be a jet-setting movie, says J.J. Abrams.
Abrams and Tom Cruise plan to set the newest Mission: Impossible movie all over the world, Abrams revealed while speaking at the Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish In Film pre-Academy Awards party in Los Angeles last night.
“We’re working on Mission IV and we have a really cool idea that we’re playing with and I’m looking forward to that coming to pass,” said Abrams, “there’s definitely will be a European presence but there’s a whole crazy story, it’s definitely a jet setting movie.”
The non-Irish Abrams was honored at the party for his contribution to the film industry, receiving an award from Tom Cruise. Trina Y. Vargo, president of the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, explained the reasoning for making Abrams Irish. “Someone once said, ‘there are two groups of people, the Irish, and those who lack imagination,” she said. “So in our book, that makes J.J. Abrams more than Irish. Since J.J. graciously agreed to become an honorary Irishman, he has since visited Ireland with his family and he has optioned the rights to Colum McCann‘s book Let the Great World Spin. So we’ve adopted him!”
The Oscars will be awarded Sunday night and although Star Trek XI is not up for best film, Abrams feels that a science fiction film might well walk away with the award. Speaking to the BBC, Abrams said, “I think there’s a real shot. I know everyone’s looking at Avatar, but I was a huge fan of District 9 as well.
“I’m just excited that they’re both up there, nominated for best picture.
“I’m a huge fan of sci-fi and fantasy, horror, so as long as the films keep getting made, whatever awards they win or don’t win is sort of beside the point.”