Viacom CEO Hints at Plans for Fifth 'Mission: Impossible' Film

"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol"
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At the end of "Mission:Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," Jeremy Renner (at right) accepts an invitation to become an official member of Tom Cruise's IMF team. The moment both closes his character's arc and signals the potential at play in Renner's career.

Asked about the possibility at the shareholder meeting of the Paramount Pictures parent, Philippe Dauman seemed inclined.

After the global box-office success of Paramount Pictures' Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, another movie in the Tom Cruise action franchise has seemed inevitable. 

And a brief statement made by Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman at the Paramount parent company's annual shareholder meeting Thursday in New York confirms the studio's intention to make a follow-up.

Dauman was asked by a shareholder if there were "any plans to develop an additional sequel." His response: "Oh, yes."

Ghost Protocol's worldwide box-office take stands at $679.6 million, making it Cruise's top-grossing movie, topping 2005's Steven Spielberg-directed War of the Worlds ($591.7million). 

The Brad Bird-directed Ghost Protocol, which hit theaters Dec. 16, was written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. It is not yet clear whether Bird or the Ghost Protocol writers would be back for the fifth film in the franchise.

Brian De Palma directed the first Mission: Impossible film, which was released in 1996. John Woo helmed 2000's Mission: Impossible II, and J.J. Abrams directed M:I-3 in 2006.


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