NExt MIssion..

Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams have signed on with Paramount Pictures to produce the fourth instalment of Mission: Impossible, according to Variety.

As you may recall, couch-jumping and other circumstances surrounding the previous film in the series helped precipitate a very public rift between Cruise and Viacom’s Sumner Redstone, which ended the megastar’s 14-year-long relationship with Paramount.

At the time Redstone told the Wall Street Journal, “[Cruise]’s recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount.”

But that’s so 2006. These days Redstone is sounding highly complimentary about the celeb, Abrams is hot off Paramount’s Star Trek and Cruise remains one of the most bankable stars on the planet.

So when you put it that way, this seems totally possible. Look for it in 2011.