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Paramount and Skydance Media Extend Partnership; Will Work Together on Franchise Films

Skydance Media and Paramount have inked a four year deal.

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An agreement has been struck between Skydance Media and Paramount Pictures. This deal extends their partnership going into the next four years. It means both companies will work together to produce films such as Top Gun: Maverick, the latest installment of the Mission Impossible franchise, the Terminator reboot, Gemini Man and other films. Both studios seemed excited about the notion of continuing to work with one another.

“We have the utmost confidence in Paramount’s bright future under the strategic direction of Jim Gianopulos, and we look forward to continuing to partner with him and the world-class leadership team that he has put in place, Skydance Media Chief Executive Officer David Ellison stated. “From beloved franchises to wholly original IP and bold new animated films, together we have ambitious plans to bring more great stories to the big screen for audiences around the globe”

Paramount feels the same way. “David and his team have been creative producers on films in some of the most successful action-adventure and science fiction franchises, and we’re thrilled that Skydance movies will feature prominently on the Paramount slate for years to come,” Paramount Pictures Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Gianopulos stated. “Skydance has been a key part of Paramount’s history and I am confident that our partnership will continue to deliver many successes both commercially and financially into the future.”

This means positive things for the star of a few of the aforementioned franchises, Tom Cruise. He has been making many films under the Paramount umbrella for quite some time. He will likely continue to benefit from their partnership continuing. For Cruise, he has a few of the films mentioned coming out. Up next for him is Mission Impossible 6. Almost the entire cast from the first film are reprising their roles except for Jeremy Renner who was unable due to scheduling conflicts with The Avengers films.

With original cast members such as Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, and Simon Pegg coming back, there are new additions such as Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett joining. A return to the franchise after not having been very active, only cameoing in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Michelle Monaghan will come back as Cruise’s wife in the film. For many fans, that should be exciting since she was a big part of his life and the plots of Mission Impossible III and Ghost Protocol. The question is what role will she play in this upcoming film?

However, Cruise fans might be even more excited to hear about the new Top Gun movie that’s in production. Under the direction of the director who guided Cruise through Oblivion, Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit theaters during 2019. In the past, people have wondered if Cruise has an addiction problem, especially with all of his choices for films being action movies. Hopefully, one of the world’s greatest action stars does not have to find a substance abuse recovery. Cruise teased just what to expect.

“Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big fast machines,” Cruise stated. “It’s going to be a competition film, like the first one … but a progression for Maverick.”

Maverick, as fans will know, was the nickname for Cruise’s character of Naval Aviator Lt. Pete Mitchell from the first film. While Harold Faltermeyer has been stated to return for the score, it’s unknown exactly whether Cruise’s co-star, Val Kilmer, will return to make an appearance as Lt. Tom “Iceman” Kazanski.

All that’s left is to see what exactly will happen with regard to this film. With Kosinski at the helm and Cruise back, it’s a bet it will be one heck of a ride. Let’s hope Cruise steers clear of any need for substance abuse recovery throughout the ride. It looks like, with the extension of Paramount and Skydance’s new deal, not only will Cruise benefit but we will too.

Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery  and the entertainment industry.

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