"We absolutely are excited about having Tom Cruise star in this movie," is how Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore put it Tuesday.
But the studio also is monitoring the overseas performance of Cruise’s latest film Knight and Day to see whether the star retains his longtime hold over foreign audiences. If that film should gross less than $200 million overseas, some industry observers think Paramount will consider recasting the Ethan Hunt role.
Wait, what? They want him unless they don’t want him? Get your sh*t together, Paramount. Tom Cruise needs to eat, and if you aren’t going to feed him that carrot you’re dangling than cut the man loose. Which brings me to the mechanical bull movie:
Cruise attended a table read this week at the Saddle Ranch eatery in West Hollywood for a Sony project to be produced by Will Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment. The film in question, "Paper Wings," is set in urban cowboy world, and Saddle Ranch had the right ambience for the read because it features a mechanical bull.
Let’s not forget about the kitschy longhorn skulls on the walls and the melty cookie pie dessert. It’s just like you’re wrangling steer in the Montana mountains! Basically, everything depends on if foreign people like Tom Cruise or not. Mission: Impossible is a brand, and a sequel will likely succeed with or without him. In fact, if foreigners hate Cruise, it might be worth injecting the project with some fresh blood. The actor could probably help Paramount out with that. He must have a locker of it next to the room he keeps Katie chained up in.