After news broke that Jeremy Renner would be joining Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: 4 yesterday Variety managed to get a few more details on the film, and where it is heading. Apparently Paramount may not even be calling it Mission Impossible: 4, opting instead for a standalone title like The Dark Knight, which differed from Batman Begins.
The fourth film won’t pick up from where MI: 3 left off, but they are planning ahead for subsequent films where Renner could play the central character. Variety also say Brad Bird’s film will only involve two agents played by Cruise and Renner, instead of a team of agents like in the previous films.
It looks like the yet-to-be-titled Mission Impossible: 4 will be a reboot of sorts, with new characters and a fresh angle. Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg will be reprising their roles though so it won’t be forgetting the previous films.
No word yet on when filming will begin but the locations are said to be Vancouver, Prague, Dubai and the U.S. Paramount has set a December 2011 release date, so production will probably begin before the end of the year.