The green-lighting of Mission Impossible 4 means that Paramount believes that Tom Cruise has moved past his nutter rep and everything’s jake again. But JJ Abrams‘ decision to produce rather than direct means there are intuitions that the potential response may be less than ecstatic. If they get a journeyman to direct, Joe Popcorn will smell “boilerplate” and react accordingly. M:I:4 will be released Memorial Day weekend of 2011.