Mission: Impossible 6 Pre-Production Halted Due to Tom Cruise Salary

While we think this issue will be resolved soon (the last film, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, earned $682 million worldwide after all), The Hollywood Reporter says that pre-production on Mission: Impossible 6 has been shut down due to a dispute over salary between Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures.

According to the outlet, the studio was preparing to start filming in January 2017 with Christopher McQuarrie writing and directing again.

THR says that “one of the contentious points is Cruise’s back-end profit participation, with the actor looking to match or exceed what he is getting paid by Universal for starring in The Mummy… Mummy is a pivotal movie for Universal, which is looking to launch a cinematic franchise and has hinged plenty on Cruise’s star power.”

It apparently is the second hiccup for the project so far, as in July the film threatened to fall apart over script issues which pushed the production start from November to January. The studio is still hoping for a late 2017 release.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, released in 2015, also stars Jeremy Renner (Marvel’s The Avengers, Kill the Messenger), Alec Baldwin (The Departed, “30 Rock”), Simon Pegg (Star Trek, The World’s End), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Dawn of the Dead), Simon McBurney (The Last King of Scotland, The Theory of Everything) and Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules, The Red Tent).