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Now Tom Cruise is really dangling from a wire.

The Hollywood Reporter brings news that Cruise is confirmed to reprise his role of Ethan Hunt in the fourth installment of the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise. However, Paramount has something of an escape clause.

The studio has taken notice of the underwhelming domestic box office performance of Cruise's latest action movie, 'Knight and Day,' and will be watching the overseas numbers of the film very closely. If 'Knight and Day' doesn't bring in at least $200 million in foreign dollars, Paramount may consider recasting the role of Ethan Hunt or rebooting the franchise completely.

Now Tom Cruise is really dangling from a wire.

The Hollywood Reporter brings news that Cruise is confirmed to reprise his role of Ethan Hunt in the fourth installment of the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise. However, Paramount has something of an escape clause.

The studio has taken notice of the underwhelming domestic box office performance of Cruise's latest action movie, 'Knight and Day,' and will be watching the overseas numbers of the film very closely. If 'Knight and Day' doesn't bring in at least $200 million in foreign dollars, Paramount may consider recasting the role of Ethan Hunt or rebooting the franchise completely.

However, there are high hopes for the overseas performance of the film, as Cruise is still very popular in several foreign markets.

'Knight and Day,' released by 20th Century Fox, has earned approximately $61 million in domestic box office since its release on Jun. 25. The film's budget is estimated at $107 million.

Whatever the future of the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise, Paramount is looking to keep the fourth installment's budget at $140 million or below -- considerably less than the third installment's budget of over $165 million.