Action icon Tom Cruise is returning to the Warner Bros. Pictures fold.
Cruise has reportedly signed a new deal to develop and produce theatrical films with Warner Bros. Discovery. The plan is for a mix of original productions and franchise fare starring Cruise.
Cruise and his production company will have offices on the Warner Bros. Discovery lot in Burbank with the arrangement dubbed a new “strategic partnership”.
The deal with Cruise, who has projects at both Universal and Paramount, isn’t exclusive or a traditional first-look pact. The aim is he will generate globally appealing blockbusters that could spawn franchises.
Warner Bros. Pictures chiefs Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy say in a statement:
“We are thrilled to be working with Tom, an absolute legend in the film industry. Our vision, from day one, has been to rebuild this iconic studio to the heights of its glory days.
In fact, when we first sat down with [Warner Bros. Discovery chief] 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.”
Warner Bros. gave Cruise his breakout role in the teen sex comedy “Risky Business”, and since then, he’s starred in numerous films for the studio, including “Interview With the Vampire,” “Magnolia,” “Rock of Ages” and “Eyes Wide Shut”. His most recent effort there was “Edge of Tomorrow” a decade ago.