Joe Carnahan Helms 'Mission: Impossible 3'

Narc director Joe Carnahan is to helm Mission: Impossible 3 following the withdrawal of David Fincher from the project, according to Variety.

Paramount Pictures is said to be in negotiations with Carnahan over the third installment, to be produced by actor Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, with Cruise again starring as agent Ethan Hunt.

The first Mission Impossible grossed $454 million worldwide with Mission: Impossible 2 taking $546 million worldwide in 2000.

Paramount still has a May 2004 release date for the third 'Mission', though several other killer movies are also due out in the same month, including Universal's Van Helsing, Sony's Amazing Spider-Man and Warner Bros.'s Troy.

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