Don't worry Mission: Impossible fans, everything is fine. After a bit of a contract dispute over how much of a small fortune Tom Cruise should be paid for the upcoming sixth movie in the Mission Impossible franchise, things have reportedly been worked out and all is well. Mission: Impossible 6 is on track to start shooting in Spring of next year and pre-production has resumed.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that negotiations between Tom Cruise and the studio have gone well and that he is about to close his deal for the movie. Tom Cruise has been starring in and co-producing the action franchise ever since the first installment hit theaters in 1996. Mission Impossible has turned into an absolute behemoth at the box office with the last two installments, so naturally, Cruise wanted his cut to match what the movies were bringing in. Luckily, Skydance and Paramount, who are co-financing the movie, managed to strike a deal sooner rather than later.
The movie was likely never in any real danger of not happening. Last month we reported that several employees who were hired to start pre-production on the movie had been told by the studio to stop working because there was some sort of financial related contract dispute. That has apparently been smoothed out. Paramount is relying on their bankable franchises right now, especially after the string of bombs they released this summer including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Ben-Hur. The contract dispute did cause a slight stall in the actual production start date, though. Originally, Mission: Impossible 6 had been slated to start principal photography in January 2017. Now, according to the report, that date has been pushed back to sometime in Spring 2017.
The five movies in the Mission: Impossible franchise have grossed just under $2.8 billion worldwide at the box office and the last two installments really upped the ante. Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol brought in nearly $700 million worldwide in 2011 and 2015's Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation grossed $682 million. Both movies were received incredibly well by fans and critics, as both currently have more than a 90 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is returning for the sixth installment. He wrote the script and will once again be in the director's chair. No specifics were given about the deal Tom Cruise made for the movie, but it is pretty safe to assume the final number will include a couple of commas and a whole lot of zeroes. There is no word yet on a release date or title for Mission: Impossible 6, but we will be sure to keep you posted as more details become available.