The aging action star has signed on to star in and produce the fifth installment of the popular action series in a recent attempt to outdo their previous box office attempt. The last sequel, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, grossed nearly $700 million around the world in 2011, and was Cruise’s comeback to the box office big leagues.
The return of Ethan Hunt, a role Cruise first began in 1996’s Mission: Impossible, is the only announcement Paramount Pictures and Skydance Pictures made on Tuesday. No other casting, or even a writer and director, for the project has been talked about. We can only expect more news to come shortly. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Tom on ‘Mission: Impossible’ once again,” Paramount Pictures president and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. “The last installment of the Mission series was the biggest in the life of this franchise. Tom has been at the heart of its success and we look forward to his great talent, and the continued global appeal for another Mission, to drive fans around the world to the next chapter of this series.”
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot will join Cruise, Paramount and Skydance in the development process.
With over $2 billion at the global box office to date as its current marker does Tom Cruise seem like a ball-hog? Or would you like to see Jeremy Renner take over the franchise?