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Tom Cruise in Talks to Star in ‘The Mummy’ Reboot

Posted by Annie on
November 24th, 2015

Possible new project for Tom! Via Variety:

Tom Cruise is in talks to star in Universal’s “The Mummy” reboot, helping to launch Universal’s new era of monster films, sources tell Variety.

The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a universe for Universal where its classic monster movie library is front and center. Kurtzman is also on board to direct and will produce alongside Morgan. Universal is not commenting on casting speculation regarding the project.

Jon Spaihts is penning the script. Plot details are vague other than it will be set in present day, unlike the previous three installments starring Brendan Fraser.

Cruise isn’t expected to produce, but he will play a major part in development. Characters from the monster universe films are expected to crop up in each other’s installments before culminating in an “Avengers”-style tie-in film.

Universal’s executive VP of production Jon Mone and director of development Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio.

Cruise is currently filming “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” Cruise was eyeing a reunion with Doug Liman on the space adventure “Luna Park,” but with Liman directing “Gambit” in the spring, Cruise’s schedule had an opening before he jumped into prep for “Mission: Impossible 6,” which shoots next August.

VARIETY EXCLUSIVE. Mission: Impossible 6 may have found it’s director: Christopher McQuarrie.

Following the massive success of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” Paramount and Skydance are hoping to stay in business with writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. According to sources close to the situation, McQuarrie will return to write “Mission: Impossible 6,” as well as possibly direct the next installment.

The studio and reps for McQuarrie have declined to comment, but several sources with knowledge of the situation say talks are progressing towards a deal being closed, with one insider saying that the studio plans to get production up and running by next August.

Tom Cruise is set to star with the studio also holding an option for Rebecca Ferguson to reprise her “Rogue Nation” role of Ilsa Faust. Cruise is currently filming “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” in New Orleans. Following the success of “Rogue Nation,” Paramount made it clear they wanted to move fast to get the next installment of the popular “M:I” franchise into production sometime next year.

If McQuarrie’s deal closes, it would mark a major milestone for the franchise, which has never had a director helm more than one installment.

While he has plenty in development, McQuarrie has nothing pressing on his slate that would impede him from working on an “M:I 6” script and prepping the film for a summer 2016 shoot.

Tom Cruise starts Jack Reacher 2

Posted by Annie on
October 21st, 2015

Tom has started shooting Jack Reacher 2, which now has a title: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Tom Cruise has begun filming the sequel to Jack Reacher, it’s been confirmed.

Paramount and Skydance Entertainment have also announced that the title of the new movie is no longer Jack Reacher 2. Rather, it’s going by the name Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

That confirms which of Lee Child’s source novels the movie is based on (the 18th in the series of books to date).

Edward Zwick, who previously directed Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai, is directing this one. Starring alongside Cruise are Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Austin Hebert and Danika Yorah.

Furthermore, the film also has its release date already. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is set to arrive in cinemas on October 21st 2016.


One more project for Tom, via Variety:

After saving the world from aliens and fighting the cartels, Tom Cruise and Doug Liman may be headed to outer space in the director’s long-in-the-works sci-fi pic.

Sources tell Variety that Cruise is joining Liman to develop sci-fi action pic “Luna Park” with an eye to star in the film for Paramount. It’s still early in the process and could go one way or the other depending on how the latest draft of the script comes out, but sources say this is a good sign for the project that had been in development limbo.

This has been a passion project of Liman’s for some time; it was prepared to move forward in 2011 with thesps like Chris Evans and Andrew Garfield circling leading roles. A greenlight had been given by Paramount, but the studio halted production after co-financier Skydance Pictures bailed on it because of a budget that was surpassing $100 million.

It’s unknown whether Skydance and Paramount still have a part to play with the film but given the relationship both companies have with Cruise following the success of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” and his upcoming sequel to “Jack Reacher,” signs are pointing to the studio getting behind the project yet again.

The plot revolves around a group of renegade employees who venture to the moon to steal an energy source.

When production would begin is still in question, as Cruise is about to start production on “Jack Reacher 2” and is expected to shoot another “Mission: Impossible” pic sometime next year.

Cruise is very particular about the directors he works with and looks to have become very comfortable with Liman after shooting “Edge of Tomorrow” for Warner Bros., which grossed more than $350 million worldwide, and the upcoming drug thriller “Mena,” which bows in January.

This weekend, Tom Cruise along with Christopher McQuarrie and Rebecca Ferguson were in China promoting Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation:

Tom talks about his mom’s reaction to the airplane stunt.

Tom Cruise meets with Medellin mayor

Posted by Annie on
August 25th, 2015

Tom Cruise is in Colombia to film Mena and he met with Medellin’s mayor:

Hollywood star Tom Cruise met with the mayor of Colombia’s second largest city, Medellin, to discuss the filming of “Mena,” a film about Pablo Escobar.

“It was a friendly and productive meeting that lasted more than an hour,” Mayor Anibal Gaviria said, adding that Medellin Film Commission members and Dynamo Producciones executive Andres Calderon also participated in the gathering.

Cruise plans to “spend a few more days” in Medellin to “get some work done on the shooting” of “Mena,” the mayor said.

The 53-year-old actor thanked officials for their support and said he felt “comfortable” in the city, Gaviria said.

Cruise plays Barry Seal, an American pilot who worked for Medellin drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar and later became an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, in “Mena.”

“Cruise is living in Medellin. He’s gone to different restaurants to eat and has spent time with the people,” the mayor said.

The Hollywood star was impressed with the “beauty of the mountains” in Medellin, Gaviria said. “His comments about the city were positive and he has an extremely positive impression of Colombia.”

Cruise shared some ideas about how to turn Medellin into the “film industry capital of Latin America,” the mayor said.


Jack Reacher Sequel To Start Shooting In November

Posted by Annie on
August 13th, 2015

News via Empire.

Jack Reacher, like Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow, didn’t quite do the business expected of its megastar headliner Tom Cruise. A sequel, despite the obvious franchise potential of the multiple Lee Child source novels, wasn’t a foregone conclusion, although rumblings began in May that it was starting to look possible, with Ed Zwick in the director’s chair.

Now, with the success of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation reassuring everyone that Cruise’s mojo is still intact, studio Paramount are pushing ahead, with shooting on Jack Reacher 2 earmarked for November this year, for a release in late 2016.

Paramount are also keen to keep on striking while the Mission: Impossible iron is hot, with THR reporting that the studio want the sixth instalment shooting next summer, for a June or July release in 2017.

Back when Jack Reacher 2 was first mooted, the plan looked to be an adaptation of 2013’s Never Go Back, Child’s eighteenth Reacher novel. That plot would see Reacher heading back to his old military base in Virginia, to be charged with a violent incident and faced with a paternity case, neither of which transgression he remembers. Richard Wenk had been working on the screenplay, but it’s now being re-written by Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. So the final thrust remains to be seen.

With Cruise and Doug Liman’s drug-smuggling DEA drama Mena almost wrapped but not due to come out until the beginning of 2017, we’re looking at a triple-whammy of Cruiser vehicles released in a single year. Is Paramount making a mistake, putting its faith in ’90s-style star power when, these days, it’s IPs rather than people that dictate box office? Tell us your thoughts on that in the comments section, why don’tcha.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has just been released (and not even everywhere yet!) and Mission: Impossible 6 is already getting a greenlight!

Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore is ready for more Ethan Hunt, strongly endorsing Tom Cruise’s recent announcement that “Mission: Impossible 6″ is in the works.

“We’re very happy to be developing this movie with Tom,” Moore told Variety. “There’s no question that Ethan Hunt deserves another film.”

The veteran executive was basking in the glow of a $121 million global opening for “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” — $56 million in the U.S. and another $65 million from 40% of international markets. “The international brand is as strong as ever,” he added.

It was the first public comment by Paramount execs — who tend to take a measured approach in discussing future films. Even as “Rogue Nation” opened on Friday, the studio was insisting that its tracking showed a $40 million U.S. opening, even though the final figure turned out to be 40% higher.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak, said he’s not surprised that another “Mission: Impossible” is in the works.

“I think it’s very smart,” he added. “Given the performance of ‘Rogue Nation,’ there has to be another movie.”

Cruise revealed plans on Tuesday to return in the Ethan Hunt role for a sixth “Mission: Impossible,” asserting that shooting could start as early as a year from now.

“We’re starting to work on it now. We’ll probably start shooting it next summer,” he told host Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.”

The previous four “Mission: Impossible” films have grossed a combined $2 billion at the worldwide box office. “Rogue Nation,” which carries a $150 million pricetag, is produced by Cruise along with J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.

Christopher McQuarrie directed from a screenplay he wrote with Drew Pearce. Each “Mission: Impossible” has employed a different director. The previous films were directed by Brian De Palma, John Woo, Abrams and Brad Bird.

Cruise, 53, is currently shooting drug thriller “Mena” with Doug Liman directing. He also said during the show Tuesday that he’s discussed an “Edge of Tomorrow” sequel with McQuarrie and Liman, who wrote and directed the sci-fier, respectively.

Source: Variety

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation reins at the box office. Via Collider.

Breaking a recent string of domestic disappointments for Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is off to a strong start. With an estimate of $56 million from 3,956 locations, M:I 5 now stands as the sixth-highest August debut in box office history.

There was a time when August at the box office meant one of two things: releases of questionable appeal, like The Expendables, or ‘smaller’ films, like The Help and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. In either category, August releases always had the chance to become hits. In fact, all three of the aforementioned titles were successful in their domestic runs. But they were rarely considered guaranteed winners. That’s why they were scheduled for August in the first place.

Of course, the August paradigm shifted in a big way last year with Guardians of the Galaxy. Though part of the uber-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, GoG’s appeal was at least a question mark at the time of its opening. And what happened? A debut of $94.3 million (a new record for August) and a domestic total of $333.1 million – the third-highest grossing title of 2014. Influenced, in part, by Marvel’s success, Paramount chose the first weekend in August (the same frame that launched GoG) for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Pre-GoG, August would have seemed an appropriate month to launch the latest Mission: Impossible title. The franchise had two giant summer hits with Mission: Impossible (1996) and Mission: Impossible II (2000), but hit a road bump with Mission: Impossible III in May 2006. That ended up as the lowest-grossing film in the franchise, with a domestic total of just $134 million. Five years later, Paramount chose to avoid summer altogether for the fourth M:I release – Ghost Protocol.

Ghost Protocol opened in December, as a platform release – a move that was hailed as visionary at the time. Starting in just 425 (primarily IMAX) locations, M:I 4 took in $12.7 million in its first weekend, or more than $30,000 per-screen. That initial release helped build word of mouth for the film, which ascended to first place when it expanded nationwide one week later. Ghost Protocol remained in first place the following weekend as well, falling just .5 percent from its sophomore frame. Among major studio releases, that stands as one of the more impressive holds in recent memory – aside from films that significantly boost their theatre counts. In fact, over the holiday season of 2011 – 2012, a period that had more than its share of major box office contenders, Ghost Protocol wound up as the one undisputed blockbuster, taking in over $200 million in North America alone.

With the M:I franchise reborn, expectations were high for Rogue Nation. Though Paramount claimed it was anticipating around $40 million this weekend, many others (myself included) believed the film would open much higher. This morning’s studio estimate has the film at $56 million – just short of Mission: Impossible II’s franchise-high debut of $57.8 million. Of course, it’s difficult to draw accurate comparisons between the five M:I titles and their respective box office performances. For one thing, it’s been 19 years since Mission: Impossible first hit theatres, so inflation is definitely a factor. Then there’s the fact that Ghost Protocol started in limited release and the first two films opened on weekdays. It gets confusing. What is clear is that Rogue Nation is off to a promising start in North America. And because the film is expected to earn as much as 70% of its worldwide total in international theatres, the future of the M:I series seems secure.

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