Mission: Impossible is an action movie released in 1996. It was directed by Brian De Palma and starred Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. The plot follows Ethan Hunt's (Tom Cruise) mission to uncover the mole within CIA who has framed him for the murders of his entire IMF team. Work on the script had began early with filmmaker Sydney Pollack on board, before De Palma, Steve Zaillian, David Koepp, and Robert Towne were brought in. In fact, the film went into pre-production without a shooting script. De Palma came up with some action sequences, but neither Koepp nor Towne were satisfied with the story that leads up to these events.