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With 'Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol' already making what analysts refer to as "a metric crap-ton of money" at the box office since its release earlier this month, it's no gigantic leap in logic to assume the franchise is not yet finished. But one movie site is compiling several pieces of evidence into what they believe is a collective sure sign that 'M:I 5' is in the works. A representative from Paramount has been in contact with someone at Moviehole.com (I know, what a name, right?) expressing just how thrilled they are that 'Ghost Protocol' is kicking box office ass all over the world and "they've heard" that Skydance (the company that actually financed 'M:I 4') wants to move forward with a fifth film as soon as possible. Simon Pegg, costar of the last two missions, confirmed in a subsequent interview that the initial plan was to make 'Ghost Protocol' the last film for Ethan Hunt, having Tom Cruise hand off the torch to Jeremy Renner. However the most recent film was apparently so much fun to shoot that this plan "fell by the wayside," meaning Cruise may return after all. Director Brad Bird is being a bit coy as to whether he would return to do another film in the series, opting to joke about ideas for bringing in Leonard Nimoy's character from the original TV series over committing to a "yes" or "no."
This patchwork of "evidence" seems to be doing little except confirming what we all could have guessed. Of course the studio wants another 'Mission: Impossible' film. Any franchise that makes that much money is sure to continue. The only items still in question are 1.) whether Cruise will be back and 2.) whether Bird will be back; neither of which could be confirmed in this story. I will say, having seen 'Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol,' that if both guys are out, I'm not interested. Also, if Bird is out and Cruise is in, I'm out. If Bird remains and Cruise exists, this franchise still has potential. Bird was able to balance the scales and make 'Ghost Protocol' an ensemble effort with every team member bringing a unique personality to the table. If that atmosphere is maintained, something much more akin to the original show, and if the action sequences prove to be as amazing, Cruise need not continue to keep the franchise solvent. The Nimoy idea sounds interesting though. But hey that's just my opinion, what do you guys think?
Would you want another 'Mission: Impossible' with/without Cruise? Have you seen the newest film? Would you want Bird back?