Mission Impossible 4 has been gaining production momentum over these past few months, with no signs of slowing down. According to Variety, a set of new writers have been hired to pen the script for the third sequel in the franchise. JJ Abrams likes to keep it in the family so he’s brought on Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec to handle the screenplay for the feature. Both writers were co-executive producers on Abrams’ successful action TV series Alias.

Applebaum and Nemec worked alongside Abrams on four seasons of the popular ABC drama. They will once again re-team with him on MI:4 by penning the screenplay, based off of the story he wrote. The film is set for release in 2011, and even though Tom Cruise has only been confirmed as a producer, sources say he will be onscreen in some capacity. Abrams seems to be more than excited to be working with Nemec and Applebaum again.

“I’ve been looking forward to working with Josh and Andre again for years,” Abrams said. “Their sense of balance between character and action is wonderful, which I know is hugely important to Tom as well. We’re off to an exciting start, so, as usual, fingers crossed.”

So, we’ve got writers and producers on board, but we haven’t confirmed whether or not this will be an Ethan Hunt film? Being on screen in “some capacity” doesn’t count as a starring role. I wonder if they plan on bringing in some new blood for this fourth installment? We all know how adding extra characters that no one cares about ruins everything, so I hope that’s not the case. Either way, we’ll keep an eye on this story has more news develops!