Mission: Impossible 3: Paramount Pictures and Cruise/Wagner Productions announce that J.J. Abrams will direct the third installment of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise starring Tom Cruise. Previously being prepped in Berlin, the film is now set to begin shooting in the summer of 2005.

Abrams, the screenwriter of "Armageddon," is also the creator of "Alias" and "Felicity" as well as a writer on the new television series "Lost." Having directed all three of those series, Abrams makes his major motion picture directorial debut with the third installment of "Mission: Impossible."

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