Tom Cruise will be receiving The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation’s 2018 Pioneer of the Year Award on April 25 at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Cruise is the first actor to receive the honor, as the award has traditionally been bestowed to industry executives. Past Pioneer of the Year honorees include Dick Cook, Cecil B. DeMille, Michael D. Eisner, Jim Gianopulos, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Donna Langley, Sherry Lansing, Frank G. Mancuso, Sumner Redstone, Terry Semel, Tom Sherak, Jack Valenti, Jack Warner, Darryl F. Zanuck and last year’s honoree, Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
The Pioneer of the Year Award is given to a respected member of the motion picture community whose professional leadership, service, and commitment to philanthropy is exemplary. The $9 billion-grossing blockbuster star and three-time Oscar nominee will receive the Award at the Pioneer of the Year Dinner – the annual fundraiser benefiting the WRMPPF’s Pioneers Assistance Fund (PAF) which provides financial support and services to individuals in the theatrical entertainment community who are encountering an illness, injury or a life-changing event.
Cruise has a platinum reputation for going above and beyond the call of duty as a star, rolling up his sleeves and serving as a producer on the films he headlines in all aspects of production. Currently he is filming the sixth installment of Paramount’s Mission Impossible (July 27, 2018) which will be followed up by Top Gun: Maverick (July 12, 2019), the studio’s long-awaited sequel to the Cruise classic Top Gun.
“We are delighted that Tom will be receiving this well-deserved honor,” said Kyle Davies, In-coming President of WRMPPF and President of Domestic Distribution at Paramount Pictures. “His contributions to the film industry as both an actor and producer, including his tremendous support of the exhibition community, has made him a true pioneer in his field. He has starred in the most celebrated films of all time, inspiring audiences everywhere. We look forward to commemorating Tom’s philanthropic contributions and career achievements at the Pioneer of the Year Dinner, as well as raising much needed funds for the Pioneers Assistance Fund.”
Bad news for Tom. I hope he recovers soon!
Tom Cruise’s accident on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 has left the actor with a broken ankle.
“During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt,” Paramount said Wednesday in a statement. “Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery.”
The action tentpole remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018.
“Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer,” the statement continued.
The actor, who is known for doing his own stunts, was injured this past weekend in London when jumping between buildings and slamming into a wall, leaving him limping. According to M:I6 director Christopher McQuarrie, Cruise didn’t miss the mark and was always supposed to hit the wall. However, on the fourth take, Cruise hit at a slightly different angle and broke his ankle.
McQuarrie also tweeted that “Tom is on the mend.” He also offered assurances that the film will meet its release date. Separately, McQuarrie explained the details of the stunt in an interview with Empire.
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that production would be delayed by eight to nine weeks due to the incident.
The accident, which took place on the roof of Baynard House, an office block in the Blackfriars district of London, occurred Saturday. Sources say this was day 88 of the Mission: Impossible 6 shoot, which was due to carry on for another two months and into October.
Producers are keeping stages at the busy Leavesdon studios outside of London on hold to ensure they have them available when production starts again.
Mission: Impossible 6 also stars Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Angela Bassett and Alec Baldwin.
The 55-year-old actor has a history of performing difficult stunts, with his Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation plane sequence even serving as a key point in the film’s marketing. The opening scene featured Cruise’s Ethan Hunt hanging on to an Airbus 400 as it taxies down a runway and eventually takes off.
We have a release date for Top Gun: Maverick!
Paramount Studios has given Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun” sequel a July 12, 2019, release date — 33 years after the original.
Variety reported on May 24 that Joseph Kosinski — who directed Cruise in “Oblivion” — was the frontrunner to direct “Top Gun 2” for Paramount and Skydance Pictures.
Skydance CEO David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the 1986 original, will produce with Cruise. This latest project will be set in a world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters along with exploring the end of the era of dogfighting.
Cruise said recently the title would be “Top Gun: Maverick” although Paramount listed the title Friday only as “Top Gun.” “Maverick” was Cruise’s character’s nickname in the film in which he played Naval aviator Lt. Pete Mitchell.
The movie is the first title to land on the July 12, 2019, release date. It will open a week after Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel.
The original film, directed by the late Tony Scott and set at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego, was a massive hit with more than $350 million in worldwide grosses. Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Tom Skeritt and Anthony Edwards also starred in the original, in which the protagonists flew the F14A Tomcat. Kilmer has said he’d like to return for the sequel in the role of Tom “Iceman” Kazanski.
Cruise had been working with Tony Scott on the sequel before the director’s demise in 2012. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected “Top Gun” for preservation in the National Film Registry as one of the 25 films named annually that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.
Cruise met with potential directors for the “Top Gun” sequel earlier this year prior to and while filming “Mission: Impossible 6” in London. “Oblivion” was a success for Cruise and Kosinski, bringing in $286 million worldwide.
Friday’s dating announcement comes three months after former 20th Century Fox Film chief Jim Gianopulos was brought in by parent Viacom as Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO with the aim of cranking up the studio’s lagging film operations.
Some good news about Top Gun sequel!
Much talked about for years, but seemingly never that close to happening, it appears the momentum is finally, properly building for the sequel to Top Gun. Out promoting The Mummy, Tom Cruise dropped word that the film has a title… Top Gun: Maverick.
As he explains in the above video from Access Hollywood, Cruise wanted to avoid the number convention, much as the more recent Mission Impossible sequels have. While we’re not sure the film necessarily needs to hint it’ll focus partly on Cruise’s character (we could have predicted that), it’s interesting to note that despite all the talk of drones, it’ll have the same tone and style as the original, with Harold Faltermeyer on score duty and a plot full of competition between pilots – there will be aircraft carriers and jets. Watch Cruise sidestep the question of drones altogether, like a cocky pilot buzzing the tower when he’s warned not to…
Joseph Kosinski is the star’s choice to direct, and there may well be a return engagement for Val Kilmer as Iceman (though Cruise doesn’t mention any co-stars, probably because deals have to be done).
Shooting should kick off next year, so it seems we’ll be feeling the need for speed by 2019.
New project for Tom, via Deadline:
DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: It looks like David Heyman’s biblical epic Methuselah with Warner Bros and Tom Cruise is revving up with Joachim Rønning, who is fresh off directing what is touted to be Disney’s 2017 summer blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, attached to direct.
Warner Bros and Heyman have been dancing with this project for quite some time and Cruise has been attached for awhile but bringing Rønning aboard breathes new life into a project that has such high expectations. Black List writer Zach Dean, who wrote 2012 crime drama Deadfall with Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde and just wrapped Ethan Hawke starrer 24 Hours to Live, took a dormant project and brought it to life. His version of Methuselah is what attracted Warner Bros and indeed Rønning. Sources tell me that now, with Rønning attached, the project will go out to a number of writers for a rewrite and then circle back to Cruise. This will be an epic vehicle for Warner Bros that calls for someone of his stature to take on the heavy-hitting role of a man who lived for almost 1,000 years without ageing, all while developing a set of unparalleled survival skills.
Norwegian director Rønning, has become hot property amongst the studio community after proving his chops for Disney’s newest Pirates instalment, which is currently in post-production. The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is expected to be a return to form for the starry franchise and sees Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow, starring alongside Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush. Rønning is no stranger to the epic man-against-the-elements story either: His 2012 Oscar-nominated film Kon-Tiki, which he co-directed with Espen Sandberg, chronicled the story of the legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947 to prove that South Americans could settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Heyman is currently one of the world’s most successful film producers. His relationship with Warner Bros is a close one as he’s the one who optioned the Harry Potter rights and delivered the studio eight blockbuster hits for a franchise worth $7.7B at the box office. He produced Oscar-winning Sandra Bullock-starrer Gravity with the studio and next month sees the release of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff tale Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which he produced and is tracking at least $75M U.S. debut for Warner Bros when it lands on November 18. Fantastic Beasts looks set to be five films. Heyman also recently produced Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander-starrer The Light Between Oceans for Dreamworks, which opened last month, and is currently shooting Paddington 2 for Studiocanal.
Cruise is coming off the back of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, a follow-up to 2012’s Jack Reacher, about a homicide investigator on the run as a fugitive from the law due to a major government conspiracy. He’s just wrapped Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy for Universal with Russell Crowe, a production that will expand and unify a network of classic monsters. Cruise also recently starred in Doug Liman’s American Made, the true story of pilot Barry Seal who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 1980s.
Just yesterday we learned that Russell Crowe is in talks to play Dr. Jekyll opposite Tom Cruise in The Mummy, and while Universal has yet to confirm that casting, they have released the first official synopsis for the reboot. The plot description makes some hefty promises for Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, which is meant to kickstart a new shared universe of action-packed horror movies based on the studio’s classic monsters.
Universal sent out an official press release offering this synopsis for The Mummy, which “ushers in a new world of gods and monsters” — a reference to James Whale, the director of horror classics like Frankenstein and The Invisible Man:
Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
That world also includes reboots of The Invisible Man (with Johnny Depp), The Wolf Man (from Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski) and Bride of Frankenstein, among others. Universal has set Kurtzman and Fast & Furious vet Chris Morgan to oversee the creative direction of the new shared universe of monster flicks, which begins with The Mummy.
Tom Cruise is joined by Sofia Boutella (Kingsman), Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle), Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson) in the reboot, which hits theaters on June 9, 2017.