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Last Updated: Monday, 19 July, 2004, 08:26 GMT 09:26 UK
Cruise's mission for new director
Tom Cruise and Joe Carnahan
Cruise executive produced Carnahan's film Narc
Actor Tom Cruise is looking for a new director for the film sequel Mission: Impossible 3 after Joe Carnahan quit over "creative differences".

The blockbuster is due to start filming next month in Berlin.

Carnahan, who directed the critically lauded police thriller Narc, was brought in to direct the film after Se7en's David Fincher dropped out.

The film was due out in May next year, but studio Paramount has postponed the release until June 2005.

Fincher dropped out of the film in favour of directing the movie Lords of Dogtown, about the skateboarding and surfing trends in the 1970s, a project he has since left.

Franchise success

Mission: Impossible 3 will also star Lost in Translation actress Scarlett Johansson, Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss, Kenneth Branagh and Ving Rhames.

The film will see Cruise, 42, reprise his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt.

The Mission: Impossible series, based on the hit TV show from the 1960s and 70s, has become one of the most successful recent film franchises.

The original film, from 1996, was directed by Brian De Palma, who passed the mantle for the 2000 follow-up to Hong Kong martial arts director John Woo.

The first film made more than $420m (225m) in cinemas, and the sequel more than $565m (301m).

Cruise will next appear in the film Collateral, written by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton and directed by Heat's Michael Mann. It will be released in the UK in September.

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