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TOLDJA: Christopher McQuarrie Confirmed To Helm ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

Paramount and Skydance Productions today confirmed that Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, The Way Of The Gun) will direct the next installment of their Mission: Impossible franchise. McQuarrie Tweeted the message “Mission: Accepted” and will reunite in the pic with his Jack Reacher star Tom Cruise. Deadline’s Mike Fleming first reported that McQuarrie was being eyed to direct the action sequel which will see franchise star Tom Cruise return as super spy Ethan Hunt. “The Mission series is special for its signature directors; Chris McQuarrie keeps this tradition thriving,” said Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman. Drew Pearce is scripting the pic for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions with Cruise and JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot also producing. McQuarrie is repped by CAA.

Related: Paramount Eyes McQuarrie To Helm Next ‘Mission: Impossible’

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Comic-Con: Tom Cruise Shows Up For ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Panel

By | Saturday July 20, 2013 @ 1:01pm PDT

BREAKING… It’s a rare Comic-Con appearance for Tom Cruise, who just walked onstage in Hall H for a panel on Warner Bros and Village Roadshow‘s sci-fi actioner Edge Of Tomorrow, Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruisewhich was just renamed after being known as All You Need Is Kill. It’s expected that the studio will preview first-look footage during its presentation that’s just getting started. The pic stars Cruise as a military officer who’s killed in action and stuck in a time loop, forced to relive fatal combat over and over again. The Doug Liman-directed summer tent pole lands in theaters June 6, 2014 and also stars Emily Blunt. DEVELOPING

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Tom Cruise’s ‘All You Need Is Kill’ Comic-Con Bound, Retitled ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 4:26pm PDT

Edge of Tomorrow  Tom CruiseWB and Village Roadshow have renamed their Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner All You Need Is Kill just in time for Comic-Con, where the studio will preview first-look footage at its Hall H panel presentation. Now dubbed Edge Of Tomorrow, the pic stars Cruise as a military officer who’s killed in action and stuck in a time loop, forced to relive fatal combat over and over again. The Doug Liman-directed summer tent pole lands in theaters June 6, 2014 and also stars Emily Blunt.

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Produced By Conference: Tom Cruise Talks Control On Set & How He Reinvented Global Studio Promotion

By | Saturday June 15, 2013 @ 2:44pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s conference coverage.

Tom Cruise Produced By Conference 2013After he dropped out of last Saturday’s Produced By conference due to a late conflict, Tom Cruise – ever punctual and intensely focused, as is his reputation – kept his appointment for a rescheduled session this morning for a production-specific discussion that steered clear of any talk about what he’s up to now. (Hard at work on pre-production as star and producer for Mission: Impossible 5.) Onstage with Academy president Hawk Koch as moderator, Cruise looked sharp and relaxed in navy pullover sweater, open-collar shirt, black slacks and black leather shoes. Speaking in the Zanuck Theater on the Fox lot (roughly 80% full) before an audience of producers and would-be producers, Cruise came across as the class act he is purported to be, speaking with passion about the need to practice “basic decency” and “respect every member of the crew” on the set. He returned repeatedly to the experience of his first significant film – 1981’s Taps – as being key to satisfying his incessant curiosity and his driving need to soak up every aspect of making a film. It ultimately led to his first hands-on producing work on the first Mission: Impossible film in 1996.

Cruise also earnestly spoke about how seriously he takes his leadership role on every film. “I love acting first and foremost, and I don’t have to be the one calling the shots,” he insisted. “I don’t direct myself when I’m acting. I am the actor… But I make sure to get the crews together and make sure they know that we’re a team, and that I want everyone to come in with their A game.” Read More »

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Tom Cruise Rescheduled At Produced By Conference

By | Saturday June 8, 2013 @ 12:52pm PDT

Looks like Tom Cruise is going to show up at this year’s Produced By conference after all. It’s just going to be next weekend. Organizers tell me that the actor will now be appear on June 15 at 11 AM in the Zanuck Theater on the Fox studio lot. This replaces Cruise’s cancelled appearance this weekend, which was suddenly pulled off the schedule earlier this week. Conflicts in his schedule were cited as the reason. In place of Cruise’s originally slated appearance, organizers set a State Of Producing panel for Sunday’s docket.

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Henry Cavill In Talks For ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Lead

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 5:54pm PDT

Sources confirm that talks are in a very early stage with Henry Cavill to replace Tom Cruise as the lead in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Deadline’s Mike Fleming reported last week that Cruise was scheduled to star in the Warner Bros’ film with Armie Hammer, but he has exited to focus on producing and starring in Mission: Impossible 5. Guy Ritchie is directing the film that was inspired by the original TV series that ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. Cavill stars in the Superman reboot Man Of Steel that’s slated to bow June 14 via Warner Bros. He is repped by CAA and United Agents.

Related: New ‘Man Of Steel’ TV Spot #6l

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SHOCKER: Tom Cruise Exits ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.;’ Warner Bros Recasting For Fall Start

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Cruise has exited as the lead in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the remake of the classic TV series that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros. Cruise was scheduled to star in the film with Armie Hammer, but he has stepped out of the picture to focus on producing and starring in Mission: Impossible 5. Paramount and Skydance are now planning to begin shooting the latest installment of that franchise before year’s end. Warner Bros has a script they like, and a top director who’s expecting to direct U.N.C.L.E. in the fall. The timing proved too difficult and so Cruise stepped out to focus on M:I5.

Warner Bros will now go hard looking for the lead of this movie, which is inspired by the original TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. With gadgets and their wits and charm, they fought the evil forces of Thrush. Hammer, who’ll be seen shortly alongside Johnny Depp in the Gore Verbinski-directed The Lone Ranger, is still firmly in the film.

This is another temporary setback for a potential franchise that Warner Bros has long been high on, going back to when the studio had Steven Soderbergh ready to direct George Clooney in the lead. The actor … Read More »

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Alicia Vikander In ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Talks

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 3:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

On the Man From U.N.C.L.E. front, Deadline revealed that Guy Ritchie would direct the film, and that Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer will play the male leads. As is the case with these two hander espionage tent pole wannabees, the next step is to get the girl. I’ve confirmed reports the studio is in talks with Alicia Vikander, the Swedish beauty from A Royal Affair, to take that job.

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TOLDJA! Tom Cruise Getting Gang Back Together For ‘Mission: Impossible 5′

Mike Fleming

Paramount and Skydance have confirmed what I told you yesterday: Tom Cruise is back as star and producer of Mission: Impossible 5. No director or writer yet, officially. Here’s today’s release:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 7, 2013) – Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions has announced that Tom Cruise has signed-on to star and produce a 5th installment in the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise. The actor will reprise the role of Ethan Hunt, who was first introduced to moviegoers in 1996.

The project is expected to announce a writer and also a director shortly and will be developed by Cruise, Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, who served as producers on previous films in the hit series. Skydance Productions, who served as co-financers and executive producers of the last installment will work closely with the team in the development and production process.

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Tom Cruise Signs Deal To Star In ‘Mission: Impossible 5′; Will Chris McQuarrie Direct?

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ethan Hunt has accepted another mission. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have set Tom Cruise in a deal to star in and produce a fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Both Paramount and Skydance have confirmed this, but they are not saying who’s writing and directing, or when they are targeting release. I’ve heard all along that the director will be Christopher McQuarrie, Cruise’s frequent collaborator who most recently wrote and directed Jack Reacher, the adaptation of the Lee Child novels that starred Cruise. The writer/director will be finalized shortly, and that person will develop the next installment with Cruise and JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot. Abrams directed the third film in the series and he and Cruise reignited the franchise by hatching the Brad Bird-directed Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol, a film that added Jeremy Renner to the mix and saw Cruise sky-walking across the exterior glass 124 floors up on a skyscraper in Dubai. That film had a $145 million budget and a worldwide gross of nearly $700 million, the most a Cruise film has ever done.

David Ellison’s Skydance Productions will once again co-finance the film with Paramount, a role it also serves the same role on Jack Reacher. That film is in early talks for a sequel as well on a $60 million budget film that grossed $216 million worldwide. … Read More »

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‘Lone Ranger’ Armie Hammer To Star With Tom Cruise In ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 3:39pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Armie Hammer, who plays the title character opposite Johnny Depp in the Gore Verbinski-directed The Lone Ranger for Disney, is set to star with Tom Cruise in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the remake of the classic TV series that Guy Ritchie will direct for Warner Bros. The original TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. With gadgets and their wits and charm, they fought the evil forces of Thrush.

Warner Bros has long been high on the project, especially when the studio had Steven Soderbergh ready to direct George Clooney in the lead. The actor dropped out because he needed surgery on his neck and back, and he wasn’t up for a physical role. After Soderbergh departed, the studio turned the project over to Ritchie and his producing partner Lionel Wigram. John Davis is also producing. Hammer would play a version of the role originated by McCallum, an NCIS regular who strangely doesn’t seemed to have aged since the ’60s. Hammer, who’s repped by WME and attorney Harris Hartman, is making his bid to be one of those up-and-comer leading men and getting on the ground floor of a franchise with Cruise … Read More »

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Costly ‘Oblivion’ $13.3M Friday And $38.5M Weekend: Tom Cruise’s Bigger Openings

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 9:34pm PDT

Box Office Oblivion Tom CruiseSATURDAY 7:30 AM, 3RD UPDATE: Americans last night did stay glued to their TVs watching the network wrapups about the Boston Marathon manhunt and its captures and killings. (The Boston area itself was on a citywide lockdown most of Friday but only accounts for 1% of total moviegoing in the U.S.) So numbers came in slightly lower for Universal’s 2D scifi film Oblivion starring Tom Cruise and based on an original script but also on derivative storylines from no less than 4 scripters (Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski as well as William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek, and Michael Arndt). Friday grossed $13.3M in 3,782 theaters including large format and IMAX with no other new major release as competition. Even with only a ‘B-’ CinemaScore from audiences possibly hurting word of mouth, it’s predicted to open with an overperforming $38.5M this weekend. That includes the Thursday late shows and Friday midnights which together made an estimated $1,103,839 start from 1,741 venues. (Hard to talk about comps because the sneaky studios keep starting their weekend previews earlier and earlier and then fold in those Thursday/Friday totals to pad first-day numbers.)

Universal readily admits it cast Cruise because he’s still a big star overseas. Not only did the genre film open big abroad by going into Friday with $77M already in the till. But this weekend’s … Read More »

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Theater Owners Forecast Summer 2013 Hits And Bombs: CinemaCon

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 9:55pm PDT

Theater owners and operators I’ve polled at CinemaCon are most uncertain about Tom Cruise‘s Oblivion opening Friday. They’ve seen the early strong overseas grosses. But stateside exhibitors lament that their audiences don’t widely go for original sci-fi, and they’re skeptical about Cruise’s domestic drawing power in the Universal pic. “It didn’t move me,” one exhibitor told me who’d seen the film. “I’d rather see Oblivion – with someone else starring,” said another. As for summer pics Sony/Columbia’s Will Smith-starrer After Earth has no buzz here – but the studio could change that with its Wednesday panel. Exhibitors  expect huge demand for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 despite the ticketing dispute which Deadline broke today between Disney and some chains. Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness footage wowed the CinemaCon crowd yesterday. They’re also high on WB’s Man Of Steel. But only one summer pic had the unanimous vote: Universal’s Fast & Furious 6. Overseas exhibitors in particular are expecting huge results based on the franchise’s popularity and the diverse multicultural cast which appeals in foreign markets. For family fare, exhibitors are banking on Universal’s Despicable Me 2 to hit big. But Pixar’s Monsters University has theater operators disagreeing due to the lackluster interest in the Monsters Inc 3D re-release last Christmas.

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Tom Cruise Stays In Sci-Fi With Warner Bros’ ‘Yukikaze’ After Big ‘Oblivion’ Bow Abroad

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 4:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: With a $61 million opening weekend overseas on Universal Pictures’ Oblivion, who could blame Tom Cruise for wanting to stay in science fiction mode? He’s just made a deal to become attached to star in Yukikaze, a big-scale film based on a series of Japanese sci-fi novels by Chohei Kambayashi. Warner Bros acquired the novel series and will finance and distribute. The author has been called Japan’s answer to Isaac Asimov, and the film will be produced by 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff and Tom Lassally, who developed and produced the sci-fi film All You Need Is Kill that Cruise starred in for Warner Bros and director Doug Liman. Viz Media’s Jason Hoffs will also be producing.

Yukikaze unfolds in the early 21st Century, three decades after the alien force JAM invaded earth through a dimensional porthole that appeared over Antarctica. While humans beat back the attack, they form a special combat force to eradicate the alien threat on its home planet.

This gets added to several other projects for Cruise. He’s working with Christopher McQuarrie on another installment of Mission: Impossible, as well as a second installment of the Lee Child novel series based on Jack Reacher that’s also being done with McQuarrie for Paramount and Skydance. In addition, he’s in talks to star for director Guy Ritchie in a Warner Bros film based on … Read More »

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Tom Cruise Cracks It Up With Jimmy Fallon

By | Sunday April 14, 2013 @ 3:53pm PDT

The global superstar proved his dedication to the Oblivion campaign trail with a game of “Egg Roulette” Friday on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It won’t be the only egg on Cruise’s face if domestic box office fails to follow Oblivion‘s stellar global headstart when Universal’s pic debuts, virtually unchallenged, this week:

Related: Tom Cruise SciFi ‘Oblivion’ Orbits Overseas

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Tom Cruise SciFi ‘Oblivion’ Orbits Overseas

By | Saturday April 13, 2013 @ 10:24am PDT

Reviews are decidedly mixed. And domestic grosses still could portend an obit.  But Tom Cruise in his new scifi pic Oblivion is in orbit overseas with a #1 opening in 48 of 52 international territories this weekend. Friday’s gross is an estimated $13.1M at 7,464 dates for an early total of $23.1M and a weekend estimate of $60.5M. That includes a record-breaking #1 opening in Russia with $1.5M, which is the biggest opening day of the year for a non-3D release. After 2 days, the box office total there is $3.2M for Cruise’s biggest opening ever in Russia. The movie is directed by TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski who also produced with former News Corp #2 Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark who both oversaw Planet of the Apes. and Middle East markets and the results are outstanding. The main reason Universal cast Cruise is because he’s still a star internationally. Oblivion opens in the U.S. and Canada and 7 more international territories next weekend.

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2013 Produced By Conference: JJ Abrams, Tom Cruise, Gale Anne Hurd On Speaker List

By | Wednesday March 27, 2013 @ 9:23am PDT

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 27, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 5th annual Produced By Conference (PBC). Director and producer J.J. Abrams, producer Mark Burnett, actor and producer Tom Cruise and producer Gale Anne Hurd will participate as featured speakers joining a prestigious list of acclaimed producers and industry leaders in entertainment and digital media. The 2013 Produced By Conference will be hosted by 20th Century Fox Studios on June 8-9.

2013 PBC speakers include some of the entertainment and digital industries’ most renowned producers and visionaries. In alphabetical order:

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Tom Cruise Eyeing ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ With Guy Ritchie At Warner Bros

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros may have finally found its The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I’m hearing that Tom Cruise is in early talks to star in the film that will be directed by Sherlock Holmes helmer Guy Ritchie. The original TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. With gadgets and their wits and charm, they fought the evil forces of Thrush. Warner Bros has long been high on the project, especially when the studio had Steven Soderbergh ready to direct George Clooney in the lead. The actor dropped out because he needed surgery on his neck and back, and he wasn’t up for a physical role. After Soderbergh departed, the studio turned the project over to Ritchie and his producing partner Lionel Wigram. Read More »

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Universal Shifts ‘Oblivion’ IMAX Date

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 10:00am PST

Oblivion IMAXEXCLUSIVE: The Tom Cruise sci-fi tentpole will now open in IMAX and in wide release on April 19. Universal had originally planned to sneak Oblivion in IMAX on April 12 but opted to push the pic a week to maximize its opening in a frame in which Open Roads’ jOBS is the only competition in wide release. Star Cruise will also have more time to promote the film overseas as it opens internationally in several territories on April 12. The move also give Universal’s April 5 opener Jurassic Park 3D an extra week on IMAX screens. The studio recently tweaked its summer slate when it shifted dates for 2 Guns and Kick-Ass 2 and announced that the Jeff Bridges-Ryan Reynolds starrer R.I.P.D. will be released in 3D.

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