Tom Cruise is reportedly close to signing a deal to make a sixth Mission: Impossible film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is “on the verge” of inking his contract and the movie will start shooting in the spring.
This positive news follows a report last month (August) that the film was being delayed because Cruise and Paramount Pictures were at loggerheads over the actor’s salary.
The follow-up to last year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which grossed over $680 million (£520 million) at cinemas globally, had been due to start shooting in the New Year. Rogue Nation writer-director Christopher McQuarrie is on board to direct again from a self-penned script, with JJ Abrams due to serve as a producer.
In August, it was reported that Cruise was aiming for a payment package that matches his lucrative deal for the upcoming big-budget reboot of The Mummy, which is due to hit cinemas in June 2017. However, neither Cruise’s camp nor the studio have ever commented on this report.
Paramount was originally eyeing a late 2017 release for Mission: Impossible 6, whose full title has yet to be announced. At the moment, however, the film has no specified release date.
Alongside Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson are expected to reprise their roles from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which narrowly failed to match the box office takings of the franchise’s most successful outing, 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which grossed $694 million (£530 million globally).