A dispute over Tom Cruise's salary has reportedly halted pre-production of the sixth movie in the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Editors at The Hollywood Reporter revealed Paramount has halted pre-production on the latest installment in the action movie saga due to an ongoing battle with Cruise over money.
Sources told the website the 54-year-old superstar wants to match, or exceed, what he is getting paid by Universal for starring in action horror movie The Mummy, which he's currently shooting in London.
One of the alleged points Paramount or Cruise cannot agree is on is the actor's demands for back-end profit participation, meaning Cruise is paid some of the profit the film makes.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the fifth movie in the franchise released last year (15), made more than $682 million (£521 million) at the box office worldwide, with a budget of $150 million (£115 million).
Paramount, who are co-financing the movie with Skydance, was preparing for a January, 2017, production start. Christopher MCQuarrie, who directed Rogue Nation, is writing and directing the sixth Mission: Impossible movie.
The film was initially slated for a late 2017 release, but is now currently undated.
And it's not the only Cruise film suffering from reported delays. The actor plays the lead role in Doug Liman's Mena, which was scheduled to hit cinemas in January (17), but will now be known as American Made and will open in September, 2017.
In the film, Cruise plays real-life American pilot Barry Seal, who became a drug pusher for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar in the 1980s.
Seal was recruited by the CIA to head one of the biggest covert operations in history.
Reports suggest Universal bosses delayed the release because they felt it was a better fit for an autumn release.
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