Writers hired for Cruise and Abrams' Mission: Impossible 4

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Paramount Pictures and producers Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams are developing a fourth Mission: Impossible movie and have set TV writers Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec to write the screenplay, Variety reported.

The writers worked for Abrams on Alias and will write M:I 4 based on a story Abrams wrote with them, the trade paper reported:

While the only other commitments so far are for Cruise and Abrams to produce the film together, sources said that Cruise's character, Ethan Hunt, will certainly be involved in an onscreen capacity. Pic is aimed for a 2011 release.

Applebaum and Nemec are the creators of the new ABC series Happy Town and previously created October Road and the U.S. version of Life on Mars for ABC.