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Alias Creator Accepts Mission: Impossible 3

"Mission: Impossible 3" has successfully wooed another director. After failed collaborations with David Fincher and Joe Carnahan, Paramount has turned to "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams to direct the third "Impossible" installment.

Paramount made it official today with a press release announcing Abrams' involvement. Abrams has no film directing experience but he's earned his behind-the-camera stripes directing episodes of "Felicity," "Alias" and the upcoming series "Lost."

Unfortunately for Paramount, the signing of Abrams came a little too late. "Mission: Impossible 3" was scheduled to begin filming in Berlin this month, but when Carnahan got his fur up over "creative differences" the production became a spinning mess of ambiguity. In the interim, star Tom Cruise turned his attention to Steven Spielberg's "The War of the Worlds," thereby pushing a start-date for "Mission: Impossible 3" to the summer of 2005. As it stands, "M:I-3" will hit theaters sometime in 2006. Maybe.

For more "Mission: Impossible 3" drama/news, check out our spotlight page. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on August 16, 2004 07:41 PM
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