Details emerge of Tom Cruise forcing Paramount into reversing all kinds of major decisions regarding Mission: Impossible 7 and more.
A fascinating story has popped up over at The Hollywood Reporter detailing Tom Cruise’s battles with Paramount over the problems caused by Mission: Impossible 7's repeated Covid shutdowns, which have reportedly led to the film’s budget spiralling towards $300m.
The project has now been postponed four times whilst Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie are said to be holding off on locking down the film’s ending so they can command greater budgetary demands from Paramount for the follow-up.
Among the juicy details in the piece, which is well worth a read, are that Cruise engaged lawyers to force Paramount into reversing its decision to give the film a 45-day theatrical window upon release. According to a source, Cruise was very unhappy with the studio’s plan: ‘Seeing himself rightly as Paramount’s most important, not to mention longest-term, partner, he was said to be furious’, notes the piece. Quoting a Paramount source, it added that ‘Hh had no intention that any of his movies would play for a day less than his standard three-month run. For him, 45 days is like going day-and-date’.
‘He also felt that setting a date when the movie could be seen on the service would discourage people from going to the theatre.’
Whilst that debate is reportedly yet to be settled, the piece also mentions that Cruise ‘strangled in its cradle’ plans to turn both Mission: Impossible and Days Of Thunder into TV series for Paramount’s streaming service. There’s lots more too and we highly recommend you check the full article out. It’s all a far cry from Cruise’s 2006 nadir when a string of box office misses (that were interesting films nonetheless) left his star power fading with Paramount. Now it seems, he’s the one making all of the major plays.
Mission: Impossible 7 is currently slated for a July release, whilst work on the series’ eighth film is ongoing. We’ll bring you any more updates from the production as we hear them.
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