Now that Tom Cruise’s 14-year marriage to Paramount has ended badly in a nasty divorce, the mega-movie studio has been out courting a new stud with enough sex-appeal to fit into and/or replace competely Ethan Hunt’s worn shoes. Despite several actors successfully playing Batman recently, the studio is said to have decided to kill off or discard Ethan Hunt (a typical ex's divorce wish if ever I've seen one) and create a new character with a new team. If he doesn't mysteriously turn up dead, Ethan will probably wander off with his new wife to an undisclosed location.
Of course since Cruise won custody of the kids, seeing how he developed “Mission Impossible” for the studio, he still gets “child support” payments as a producer from Paramount for MI4 whether he stars in it or not.
This could get expensive as the studio is rumored to be offering Pitt $39 million to star in Mission Impossible Four.
Mega-HUNK Brad Pitt has proven his believability as a spy in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (which grossed over $400 million). There’s no doubt of his star power either.
The question is, will dyed in the wool Mission Impossible fans flock to the theaters to see someone different? My money’s on Pitt, because Cruise’s star was fading fast anyway what with all of his shenanigans and controversy recently, and considering “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” grossed as much as Mission Impossible III, $39 million isn’t that much of a gamble factoring in the potential return. Couple that with diminishing sales with each Mission Impossible sequel, and Brad Pitt definitely could pump new life into the franchise just by showing up on the set.
Another factor is Pitt’s recent announcement that he has pledged he wouldn’t marry Angelina Jolie until Gay Marriage was legal in the U.S. That makes it a sure thing that not only will a lot of female fans flock to the theaters to see him, but a good number of men too.
Though nothing’s set in stone yet and no deals have been inked, the pre-publicity alone would make it a good investment. Pitt’s sure to love it too, because his contract would ultimately make him the highest paid actor for a single film in Hollywood history.
Of course everyone involved has “disavowed any knowledge” of the rumors-be they truth or false.
Now if they can keep the bean counters from Paramount from “self-destructing” the deal in 10 seconds, it should be interesting.