Mission Impossible 6 Delayed Due to Salary Demands of Tom Cruise

Posted 2016/08/22 5329 0

Mission: Impossible might be one of the most lucrative movie franchises around, but it seems that its success does not automatically guarantee further films. It has been reported that the sixth part in the action series is on hold because of a pay dispute with star Tom Cruise.


Paramount Pictures has halted preproduction of M:I6 Mission: Impossible, Deadline reports. The film is already in pre-production in London while writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation as well as Jack Reacher, works on the script. However, staff have now been told to cease work until further notice.

There are a couple of rumors regarding the reason why the decision was made. Deadline notes that the 54-year-old star may want the studio to at least match what he's making for Universal's upcoming reboot of The Mummy franchise.

The other possible reason, the website states, is that Paramount wants Cruise and other producers to reduce their fees.

Whatever the case may be, Deadline speculates that the issue isn't a serious one in the short term, since the script is not finished, production is not scheduled to begin until January, and Cruise is currently working on The Mummy.

This is the second hiccup this summer for Mission: Impossible 6. In July, the project threatened to fall apart over what one source said was script issues. That obstacle pushed a November start into the new year.

According to the New York Times, Paramount is on course to lose $350 million in 2016, following the failure of such films as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Zoolander 2, and this week's historical flop Ben Hur. Even the relatively successful Star Trek Beyond saw a drop in box office earnings compared to its predecessors.

The most recent film in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, 2015’s “Rogue Nation”, hauled in $195 million worldwide, per Box Office Mojo. “Ghost Protocol” in 2011 ($209 million) and 2000’s “Mission: Impossible 2” ($215 million) have both earned more, while 1996’s original ($181 million) and 2006’s third installment ($134 million) made less.

Paramount initially wanted Mission: Impossible 6 for a late 2017 release but it is currently undated.