Brad Pitt Does A Fourth “Mission”?
Posted: Tuesday September 19th 2006 6:43am
Source: This Is London
Author: Garth Franklin
The British tabloids, where else eh, have come up with a report that Brad Pitt has been lined up to replace Tom Cruise in the next “Mission Impossible” film in a move that will make Pitt the highest-paid actor in Hollywood history.
An insider told This Is London that: “MI:IV will not include Cruise’s character, agent Ethan Hunt. They’re considering a brief mention, saying Hunt retired to live a safe life with his new wife. They’re set on Brad taking over as a gutsy new head operative who puts together his own unique team of specialists.”
Paramount Pictures, the company behind the franchise, ended their long-running partnership with Cruise the other month, whilst a few months earlier negotiated a deal to produce projects with Pitt’s Plan B production company. No doubt this report is speculation due to those circumstances, nevertheless as speculation goes this is one of the few that doesn’t sound too bad.
I definately agree, this doesn’t sound too bad, but that article was from Tuesday, here’s yesterday’s article from IMDB.com:
Pitt’s ‘Mission Impossible’?
Although there were denials all around, reports spread rapidly Tuesday that Paramount had chosen Brad Pitt to star in the next Mission: Impossible sequel. The report first surfaced on the syndicated Access Hollywood and indicated that Pitt would not be playing Ethan Hunt, the character that Tom Cruise resurrected from the old TV series. “They’re set on Brad taking over as a gutsy new head operative who puts together his own unique team of specialists,” one source was quoted as saying. The report even indicated that Paramount is willing to pay Pitt $39 million to get him to sign on (but apparently not a percentage of the gross, which reportedly brought Cruise nearly twice that amount). Paramount branded the report a “complete fabrication.” Pitt’s spokesperson called it “not true.”
Damn, damn, damn damn! I mean…I’d prefer Tom Cruise, but his character realistically is written out. But a new character could be brought in for another three movies. Why not Brad Pitt?