The Little Tramp. Americaâ€™s Sweetheart. The Great Swashbuckler. The Man Who Invented Hollywood. The Star of Losinâ€™ It?
One of these things is not like the othersâ€¦ and it would be Tom Cruise. (Though I guess you could sort of play that game with Tom Cruise and anyone in Hollywood today.)
After being unceremoniously dumped in late August by Paramount Pictures after a 14-year collaboration that resulted in a number of box offices hits (including the Mission: Impossible franchise), it was announced on Thursday that Tom Cruise and his producing pal Paula Wagner are set to resurrect United Artists in a partnership with MGM Studios.
Cruise and Wagner will follow in the footsteps of legendary moviemakers Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith, who originally established UAâ€”known as â€œthe company built by stars”â€”in 1919 in order to allow greater creative freedom for actors and directors.
In addition to a large ownership of the company, Cruise and Wagner â€œwill have control of setting the company’s production slate, from development to production greenlighting ability, subject to certain parameters,â€ according to an MGM press release. Guess this means that Cruise wonâ€™t have the final word on Battlefield Earth II: Electric Boogaloo?