"Mission: Impossible 6" may be moving back on track after pre-production shut down earlier this summer in a salary dispute between franchise star Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is nearing a deal to return for the sixth installment of the series. Negotiations had apparently broken down, in part, over Cruise's back-end profit participation.
Work on the film is expected to continue, with production targeted to begin in spring 2017.
The previous film, 2015's "Rogue Nation," was the second highest-grossing installment of the franchise, earning more than $682 million worldwide. The "Mission: Impossible" movies have grossed a combined $2.770 billion worldwide.
Christopher McQuarrie, credited with reinvigorating the franchise with "Rogue Nation," returns to write and direct "Mission: Impossible 6." Rebecca Ferguson, who was introduced in "Rogue Nation" as Ilsa Faust, will reprise her role in the next film. It hasn't been confirmed whether other cast members, including Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg, will be back.
Paramount hasn't announced a release date for "Mission: Impossible 6," although speculation is that it will be no sooner than spring 2018.