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Mission: Impossible 3 - Director, Joe Carnahan, quits



Story by: Jack Foley

ACTOR, Tom Cruise, is facing his own Mission: Impossible after Joe Carnahan, who was due to direct the third instalment, quit over ‘creative differences’.

The blockbuster, which boasts top-name stars including Cruise, Ving Rhames, Kenneth Branagh and Scarlett Johansson, was due to begin filming in Berlin next month (August 2004), with a May 2005 release date in mind.

But Carnahan’s decision to pull out has forced the studio, Paramount, to postpone the release by a month, even though it intends to begin filming on time.

Carnahan first came to Cruise’s attention when he directed the critically acclaimed police thriller, Narc, which, ironically, Cruise helped to finance, as executive producer.

He was the second director to be associated with the project, following Se7en's David Fincher, who dropped out in favour of directing the movie, Lords of Dogtown, about the skateboarding and surfing trends in the 1970s. That project has also since stalled.

However, Cruise is determined to press ahead with the film, which is anticipated to become one of the biggest hits of next year. The 42-year-old star, who will next be seen as a hit-man in Collateral, will reprise his role as secret agent, Ethan Hunt.

No plot details have yet been revealed, although the star will probably be keen to avoid the negative notices he drew following the John Woo-helmed Mission: Impossible 2.

The original film was directed by Brian De Palma, in 1996, and made more than $420 million in cinemas. The sequel took more than $565m (£301m).

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