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Tom Cruise used to be one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Then he wasn’t anymore. And for a while there, it didn’t seem like he would ever rebound. Well he has. He’s now one of the biggest movie stars in the world all over again, with a half dozen big-budget epics coming out in the next few years, and according to Cruise himself, a fifth installment in the “Mission Impossible” franchise is definitely happening.
Speaking to Total Film, Cruise had this to say about the “Mission Impossible” as a franchise that could, conceivably, continue to pump out sequels as long as people continue to watch them:
I started Mission: Impossible hoping I could make many of them. It’s a character that I can grow with. At that time it was the most expensive film in the history of Paramount Pictures, and the first film I was producing. It’s been pretty exciting. I’ll make a bunch of those. I’ll make as many as people want to see… because they’re very challenging, and so much fun to make.
So Part 5 is definitely happening? It would appear so:
We’re already working on different images. Talking conceptually. I love travelling around promoting different movies because I’m always looking at different places, and I always walk around to see the city. I look at architecture, subways… coming up with different sequences.
Of course Cruise and Paramount are excited for a fifth movie. The fourth one, “Ghost Protocol”, opened big on its way to $694 million worldwide, with a healthy chunk of that coming from the domestic box office, proving that Cruise still has clout with the American moviegoing audience despite what you may have read in the tabloids.
By the way, remember only a few years ago when Paramount was making serious noise about passing the “M:I” torch from Cruise over to Jeremy Renner, back when it seemed no one wanted to make movies with Cruise anymore? Talk about a career rebound for the Cruister.