Paramount to release action pic on Dec. 16, 2011

Tom Cruise is going on a Christmas mission.

Paramount has announced it will release “Mission: Impossible 4″ on Dec. 16, 2011.

Cruise will topline the fourth installment in the bigscreen franchise.

Brad Bird (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) is circling to direct.

“Mission: Impossible 4″ opens the same weekend as 20th Century Fox’s 3D “Alvin and the Chipmunks” three-quel.

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