Redstone opens M:I door to Cruise
Viacom boss will not oppose casting
By han Sunhee
May 6, 2008
http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1SEOUL -- Viacom boss Sumner Redstone said Tuesday he has no objection to Tom Cruise starring in the next installment of the "Mission Impossible" franchise, despite cutting his relationship with the actor in 2006.
Redstone ended a 14-year relationship with Cruise and producing partner Paula Wagner in August 2006, kicking their Cruise/Wagner shingle off the Paramount Pictures lot.
However, Cruise is in talks with Paramount to star in a fourth "Mission: Impossible" film.
"I consider Tom Cruise a great actor and a good friend," Redstone said. "And if Paramount decides to move ahead with him, I will not object."
He added that the decision was "up to Brad Gray, who runs Paramount."
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