Paramount Announced: Releasing Cruise
by David Hartwell
August 22, 2006
It appears, that Hollywood is saying that it's tired of loosing money because of superstar "act-outs" like Tom Cruise. Part of the less-than-desirable box office for Mission Impossible: 3 could have and probably was attributed to Tom Cruises' public proclamations regarding scientology, medicine, and his new baby Suri. But it appears that Paramount has made it clear about where they stand on the issue by dropping their production deal with the Star. Cinematical, where I found this news had this to say: "-is big Hollywood trying to be pro-active, making sure star behavior doesn't affect the bottom line? Or is it just the economic realities of a fading star's trajectory? At this time, there was no formal response from Cruise or his producing partner Paula Wagner-" You can read the entire article at their website here.
Perhaps Paramount is just starting a trend. They may be telling other members of the Hollywood stronghold that the big-name stars don't call the shots and if these said stars (I didn't want to mention the name, but here it is anyway-Mel Gibson) act in a way that is undesirable to the studio or the movies' performance in the cinemas in general. If this trend is set in motion, we may be seeing less of the stars that are reported to lack professionalism on and off the set *cough Lindsey Lohan cough *, but would that necessarily be a bad thing. Let me know what you think about the stars and studios.