Wendy Mitchell
August 06, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Mission: Impossible IV is getting off the ground as Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec have been hired to write the screenplay, Variety reports. Paramount Pictures and producers Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams have hired the pair, who have previously written for Abrams’ TV projects at Bad Robot. Appelbaum and Nemec worked on four seasons of Alias as co-executive producers and they also created ABC’s new series Happy Town and previous shows October Road and the US version of Life on Mars.

They will write the M:I 4 script based on a story they wrote with Abrams. Don’t hold your breath for plot details — the film isn’t due out until 2011.

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