Last month, we reported that Paramount Pictures had put a stop to pre-production on Mission: Impossible 6 thanks to a salary dispute between the studio and franchise star Tom Cruise. Sources indicated that Paramount wanted to pay Cruise around the same amount he earned for the previous Mission: Impossible film, Rogue Nation – but with Universal forking over a hefty sum for Cruise’s participation in the reboot of The Mummy, Cruise was expecting a similar offer from Paramount to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt.
It’s hard to blame Paramount for balking at the initial request. Sure, Rogue Nation grossed $682 million worldwide against a budget of $150 million on Rogue Nation, and that’s a decent return on investment – but this summer has been filled with big-budget tentpole releases that performed well below expectations, including Paramount’s own Star Trek Beyond. Attempting to tighten the purse strings a bit just seems like a smart business decision.
But on the other hand, Tom Cruise is the face of the Mission: Impossible franchise – the studio tried to pass the torch to someone else once before, and that never panned out – so it’s not like Paramount can just go off and make the sixth film without Cruise’s participation. Plus, his box office record speaks for itself: the guy can open a film solely on name recognition, so there’s less financial risk involved with Cruise attached.
At any rate, the conflict has seemingly been resolved, and THR is reporting that Cruise has come to an agreement with the studio (although we still don’t know if he landed the payday he was expecting). Pre-production on Mission: Impossible 6 will resume, and the film is scheduled to begin shooting in spring 2017. Christopher McQuarrie will direct from his own script, and although no additional casting has been confirmed at this time, we can probably expect appearances from the rest of Hunt’s crew.
Mission: Impossible 6 is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2018.
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