Fourth <i>Mission: Impossible</i> Called <i>Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol</i>

It's been known for a while that the Brad Bird-directed reboot of Paramount's Mission: Impossible franchise won't be called Mission: Impossible 4, but now Tom Cruise has officially announced the title: Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

“One of the things I always wanted for the franchise was for it not to have a number afterwards," Cruise said today during a press conference in Dubai, just as filming got under way. “I’ve never done sequels to films and I never thought of these films as sequels. Paramount has done a great job in coming up with a title, so it’s not going to be MI2, 3, 4: It’s going to be Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. I always felt it should have a title.”

Cruise was joined at the media event by Bird, co-stars Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton, and producers Jeffrey Chernov and Bryan Burk.

This marks one of the few times a major Hollywood movie has been shot in Dubai -- part of 2005's Syrianna was shot there -- home to the half-mile-high Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

"I'll be spending many days, many hours on the side of this building," Cruise told The Associated Press at the base of the skyscraper. "I can't give you details, but I will be up there."

Executive produced by Cruise and J.J. Abrams, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol also stars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Josh Holloway, Vladimir Mashkov and Michael Nyqvist. The movie opens on Dec. 16, 2011.

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