The mighty Tom Cruise shows no sign of slowing down. The star has just inked a non-exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Discovery (which they’re calling a ‘strategic partnership’) that will see him make a range of films for the studio. There are rumblings that one of these films will be a sequel to 2014’s Edge Of Tomorrow. The Doug Liman directed sci-fi film was a modest hit on release, but its reputation has grown since its release a decade ago.
The Warner Bros. deal comes as news emerges that Cruise has been unhappy with Paramount Pictures since they originally wanted 2022’s Top Gun: Maverick to have just 45 days on the big screen before hitting streaming. Cruise got the lawyers in and the film received a major theatrical release and went on to be a mega-hit grossing over $700 million in the U.S. and more than $1.4 billion globally).
Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning — Part One was something of a disappointment – apparently losing $25 million and the word in some corners is that Cruise was annoyed that the studio released in in the middle of the ‘Barbenheimer’ phenomenon. No matter what, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two is currently in production for a 2025 release – although it may undergo a title change.
However, it doesn’t look that Cruise’s relationship with Paramount has totally soured. Top Gun: Maverick co-writer Ehren Kruger is currently writing a draft of Top Gun 3 – a sequel which would see Cruise’s Maverick reunite Miles Teller’s Rooster and Glen Powell’s Hangman. Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison will produce and Maverick helmer Joe Kosinski, will either direct or produce.
I’m on the fence about Top Gun 3. On the surface, it seems like a really bad idea- but we all said that about Top Gun: Maverick – and look how that turned out. I doubt however, that a third Top Gun (if it ever happens) will capture the zeitgeist like the first two films in the franchise.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter