This must be the week for major franchises to announce their sequel titles. Yesterday we learned that Christopher Nolan’s follow up to The Dark Knight would be called The Dark Knight Rises and today Tom Cruise and Paramount have unveiled the title of the next Mission Impossible. The fourth installment in the series will be called Ghost Protocol. Let that simmer for a bit.

Cruise appeared in front of a packed house filled with journalists at a press conference in Dubai on Thursday where he announced the Ghost Protocol title. The actor stated that he didn’t want this movie to follow in the footsteps of the previous films with the same generic name of MI: 2 or MI:3.

“One of the things that I always wanted with the franchise was for it to not have a number afterwards, because I haven’t made sequels of films, and I never really thought of these films as sequels,” Cruise said.

In this statement is he saying that he doesn’t usually make sequels or is he saying he doesn’t see the MI films as sequels? The only reason we ask is because we’re pretty sure that he’s in talks to reprise his role as Maverick in Top Gun 2.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2011.

What do you think of the sequel’s new title?

Source: Yahoo, Collider