Dispute over Tom Cruise salary halts Mission: Impossible 6

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The studio was in the prep stages for a January 2017 production start and Christopher McQuarrie, who is back on directing duties after reinvigorated the franchise with the fifth instalment, is writing the script.

Sources said that one of the dispute 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, which he is currently shooting in London. Mummy is a pivotal movie for Universal, which is looking to launch a franchise and has hinged plenty on Cruise’s star power.

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In July, the project threatened to fall apart over what one source said was script issues. That obstacle pushed a November start into the new year. Paramount initially wanted Mission: Impossible 6 for a late 2017 release but it is yet undated.

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