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Paramount Pictures will not show Tom Cruise the money for the upcoming 'Mission: Impossible 4'

Sources say the action star will take a pay scale for his work and will only be rewarded if the movie recoups its investment of about $70 million, according to Vulture.

The implications of this are twofold. First, it speaks to the diminishing star power of Cruise, who carted away $90 million for the first 'Mission: Impossible' in 1996, thanks to a gross deal and producing fees. However, his recent track record includes the underperforming 'Knight and Day,' co-starring Cameron Diaz, which has grossed only $74 million, domestically, and $190 million, worldwide. These days, Cruise's name on the poster no longer guarantees a hit. Paramount Pictures will not show Tom Cruise the money for the upcoming 'Mission: Impossible 4'

Sources say the action star will take a pay scale for his work and will only be rewarded if the movie recoups its investment of about $70 million, according to Vulture.

The implications of this are twofold. First, it speaks to the diminishing star power of Cruise, who carted away $90 million for the first 'Mission: Impossible' in 1996, thanks to a gross deal and producing fees. However, his recent track record includes the underperforming 'Knight and Day,' co-starring Cameron Diaz, which has grossed only $74 million, domestically, and $190 million, worldwide. These days, Cruise's name on the poster no longer guarantees a hit.

Second, the news also suggests that studios are increasingly becoming wary of handing over bundles of money to stars upfront. Stars can make the big money, but only after the movies are hits, according to the report, which cited Jim Carrey's take of $30 million for his work on the 2008 comedy 'Yes Man' after accepting a scale up-front.

Also in the report is the news that David Ellison, son of the Oracle Corporation's Larry Ellison, is fronting about half of 'M:I 4's' $135 million budget. Ellison is known for financing and staring in the 2006 bomb 'Flyboys,' starring James Franco.

'Mission : Impossible 4' is due in theaters Dec. 16, 2011.