Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, along with Motion Picture Group co-chairs and CEOs Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy, have finalized a strategic partnership agreement with Tom Cruise, set to commence this year.
Top Gun star and producer, whose films have collectively grossed $13 billion, is set to create and produce both original and franchise theatrical titles in which he will also take on starring roles. Cruise, along with his production company, will establish an office at the Burbank, CA lot. Cruise’s last movie with Warner Bros. was in the 2014 sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow.
“We are thrilled to be working with Tom, an absolute legend in the film industry,” De Luca and Abdy said in a statement. “Our vision, from day one, has been to rebuild this iconic studio to the heights of its glory days, and, in fact, when we first sat down with David Zaslav to talk about joining the Warner Bros Discovery team, he said to us, ‘We are on a mission to bring Warner Bros back – we have the best resources, storytelling IP, and talent in the business – and we need to bring Tom Cruise back to Warner Bros!’ Today, that becomes a reality and we are one step closer to achieving our ambition. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Tom back to Warner Bros and look forward to bringing more of his genius to life on screen in the years ahead.”
Cruise also gave a statement, “I have great respect and admiration for David, Pam, Mike, and the entire team at Warner Bros. Discovery and their commitment to movies, movie fans, and the theatrical experience. I look forward to making great movies together!”
Tom Cruise will still be working with Paramount on Mission: Impossible 8 and with Universal on a $200 million movie space movie directed by Doug Liman. It’s important to note that Cruise doesn’t have exclusive deals with any specific studio. Currently, there are no confirmed projects in progress or officially approved, as it’s still in the early stages.