– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Last month, we reported on a rumored salary issue brewing over on the Mission: Impossible 6 front. According to the original Deadline report, there were one of two potential issues:

  • Paramount Pictures wanted to trim Cruise’s and the producer’s fees for the film.
  • Tom Cruise wanted a raise that matches the cash he’s getting from the Universal-produced Mummy reboot, which is set to hit theaters next year.

Because of this, pre-production of the film was halted until the rumored issue could be resolved. Essentially, they didn’t want to get going to far along, and for resources to be wasted, only for the production be stopped because of this dispute. Better to fix this problem first before moving forward. 

Now, THR is reporting that leading man Tom Cruise is on the verge of closing a deal with Paramount to return to the franchise he’s led since the late 1990s. This is no huge surprise — there was no way Paramount was going to try and continue Mission: Impossible without him, as he is practically synonymous with the series. And given the amount of work Cruise puts into these film, this is the one instance where I would’ve said, “pay the man no matter what he asks.” He’s one of the last few stars who has true box office draw these days.

Of course, this whole negotiation process had some consequences. The production date for the flick, which was originally set for January 2017 has been pushed back to Spring 2017. Not a huge shift, and given that there was never an announced release date, it’s not like a difference in release dates will be noticeable by fans.

While this is all good news, I’m left to wonder what the actual holdup was, and what the actual deal was between Cruise and Paramount. How much will this next movie have to make in order to compensate for whatever deal Cruise got? The world may never know…


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.