Tom Cruise is going to make two more “Mission Impossible” movies. They’ll be filmed back to back, for release in 2021 and 2022, when Cruise turns 60. Christopher McQuarrie will write and direct them.
At the same time, Cruise will appear in his “Top Gun” sequel, which will be released in 2020.
What else is Cruise going to do? He doesn’t appear in comedies, romcoms, or dramas. He doesn’t make love stories or westerns. At age 55, even with the best cosmetic surgery and working out day and night, life takes a toll. Ask Stallone or Schwarzenegger.
Also, Cruise’s non “Mission Impossible” movies are not money makers. The bad ones, like “The Mummy,” and the good ones, like “American Made,” are non starters at the box office. And it’s not like we’re going to get Tom Cruise on Broadway in “Death of a Salesman.” He’s boxed himself into the Ethan Hunt role. As long as Cruise can hang from helicopters, planes, space shuttles, whatever, he can keep the franchise going.
What’s kind of sad is that the Tom Cruise of “Jerry Maguire” and “Risky Business” seems to be gone. But hey– he’s not crying about it, so we won’t weep too long.