Surprise! Surprise! Paramount has decided to push their 2011 summer sequel Mission Impossible IV all the way back to winter. With the recent influx of blockbusters being stuffed into the same time period we smelled this move a mile away. The studio has officially announced that the film’s release date has been changed from May 27th to December 16, 2011.

Paramount didn’t give an in depth reason as to why MI4 has made such a leap but we think it has something to do with JJ Abrams’ and his secret Super 8 project. The first trailer for the film is set to debut in front of this week’s Iron Man 2 and is scheduled for a summer 2011 release. We think they bumped Mission Impossible for Abrams new project because it could use the summer box office boost a lot more than the spy sequel.

On another note, the studio is still in negotiations with Brad Bird to direct the film that will have Abrams on board only as producer (boo!). The film’s biggest December competition will come from The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Alvin and the Chipmunks 3D, and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which all open within a week of each other. Good luck with that Tom!

What do you think of the new release date for Mission Impossible 4?

Source: Coming Soon