May 7, 2008

More Missions For Cruise?

Looks like Paramount is gearing up for a fourth Mission: Impossible film. And even though M:I:III left the door open for the series to continue without Ethan Hunt, and even though Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone very publicly severed Paramount's relationship with star Tom Cruise (who went on to take over United Artists) in 2006, it looks like Cruise is once more in talks to topline. Last week, Access Hollywood reported that Cruise and Redstone had had dinner together, and that Cruise was in talks to accept a fourth Mission. Yesterday, Variety picked up the story, quoting Redstone as saying, "I consider Tom Cruise a great actor and a good friend. And if Paramount decides to move ahead with him, I will not object." According to the trade, Redstone "added that the decision was 'up to Brad Grey, who runs Paramount.'"

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