‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Stalls Over Tom Cruise Salary Dispute

By August 21, 2016

After reinvigorating the Mission: Impossible franchise with 2015’s stellar fifth entry, Rogue Nation, Paramount Pictures has apparently hit a snag as they begin gearing up for another installment. THR reports that the studio was in the early stages of preparation for proposed January 2017 start date, but now a dispute over franchise star Tom Cruise’s salary has brought things to a screeching halt.

According to sources, Paramount wants to pay Cruise around the same amount he earned for Rogue Nation – but with Universal forking over a hefty sum for Cruise’s participation in the reboot of The Mummy, it sounds like Cruise is expecting Paramount to make a similar offer. Universal is hoping to capitalize on Cruise’s box office magnetism to launch a brand new franchise of interconnected monster movies, and rumors indicate that Cruise will receive a sizeable percentage of the box office. Apparently, he’s looking for Paramount to match – if not exceed – the Universal deal, and the studio is balking at the demands.

Paramount’s cautious approach to the film’s budget makes sense: they spent $150 million on Rogue Nation, and it went on to gross $682 million worldwide. That’s a decent return on investment, but this summer has been rife with big budget tentpole releases that performed well below expectations. Paramount’s own Star Trek Beyond has only collected $231 million worldwide against a reported $185 million budget, so you can’t blame the studio for wanting to tighten the purse strings a bit.

Now, before anyone starts getting worried, it’s doubtful that Mission: Impossible 6 is actually in danger. Director Christopher McQuarrie hasn’t even turned in a completed script yet, and with production not expected to get underway until early next year, there’s plenty of time for Paramount and Cruise to hammer out some kind of agreement. They’re certainly not going to proceed without Cruise, and the franchise is too important for the studio to let it slip away.

We’ll keep you posted as we continue to hear more about Mission: Impossible 6. Keep checking back for updates, right here on GeekNation.com.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

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Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).