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Joachim Rønning Attached To Direct David Heyman’s ‘Methuselah’ With Tom Cruise

New project for Tom, via Deadline:

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: It looks like David Heyman’s biblical epic Methuselah with Warner Bros and Tom Cruise is revving up with Joachim Rønning, who is fresh off directing what is touted to be Disney’s 2017 summer blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, attached to direct.

Warner Bros and Heyman have been dancing with this project for quite some time and Cruise has been attached for awhile but bringing Rønning aboard breathes new life into a project that has such high expectations. Black List writer Zach Dean, who wrote 2012 crime drama Deadfall with Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde and just wrapped Ethan Hawke starrer 24 Hours to Live, took a dormant project and brought it to life. His version of Methuselah is what attracted Warner Bros and indeed Rønning. Sources tell me that now, with Rønning attached, the project will go out to a number of writers for a rewrite and then circle back to Cruise. This will be an epic vehicle for Warner Bros that calls for someone of his stature to take on the heavy-hitting role of a man who lived for almost 1,000 years without ageing, all while developing a set of unparalleled survival skills.

Norwegian director Rønning, has become hot property amongst the studio community after proving his chops for Disney’s newest Pirates instalment, which is currently in post-production. The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is expected to be a return to form for the starry franchise and sees Depp back as Captain Jack Sparrow, starring alongside Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush. Rønning is no stranger to the epic man-against-the-elements story either: His 2012 Oscar-nominated film Kon-Tiki, which he co-directed with Espen Sandberg, chronicled the story of the legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947 to prove that South Americans could settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Heyman is currently one of the world’s most successful film producers. His relationship with Warner Bros is a close one as he’s the one who optioned the Harry Potter rights and delivered the studio eight blockbuster hits for a franchise worth $7.7B at the box office. He produced Oscar-winning Sandra Bullock-starrer Gravity with the studio and next month sees the release of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff tale Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which he produced and is tracking at least $75M U.S. debut for Warner Bros when it lands on November 18. Fantastic Beasts looks set to be five films. Heyman also recently produced Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander-starrer The Light Between Oceans for Dreamworks, which opened last month, and is currently shooting Paddington 2 for Studiocanal.

Cruise is coming off the back of Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, a follow-up to 2012’s Jack Reacher, about a homicide investigator on the run as a fugitive from the law due to a major government conspiracy. He’s just wrapped Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy for Universal with Russell Crowe, a production that will expand and unify a network of classic monsters. Cruise also recently starred in Doug Liman’s American Made, the true story of pilot Barry Seal who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 1980s.

The Mummy Reboot’s Official Synopsis Teases Gods and Monsters and Tom Cruise

Just yesterday we learned that Russell Crowe is in talks to play Dr. Jekyll opposite Tom Cruise in The Mummy, and while Universal has yet to confirm that casting, they have released the first official synopsis for the reboot. The plot description makes some hefty promises for Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, which is meant to kickstart a new shared universe of action-packed horror movies based on the studio’s classic monsters.

Universal sent out an official press release offering this synopsis for The Mummy, which “ushers in a new world of gods and monsters” — a reference to James Whale, the director of horror classics like Frankenstein and The Invisible Man:

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

That world also includes reboots of The Invisible Man (with Johnny Depp), The Wolf Man (from Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski) and Bride of Frankenstein, among others. Universal has set Kurtzman and Fast & Furious vet Chris Morgan to oversee the creative direction of the new shared universe of monster flicks, which begins with The Mummy.

Tom Cruise is joined by Sofia Boutella (Kingsman), Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle), Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Courtney B. Vance (The People v. O.J. Simpson) in the reboot, which hits theaters on June 9, 2017.


Edge Of Tomorrow Sequel Finds Its Writers

Edge Of Tomorrow sequel has hired its writers, still no release estimate.

Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse have signed on to pen the sequel to Edge of Tomorrow.

The original was directed by Doug Liman and starred Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt as futuristic soldiers fending off an invasion by aliens with the ability to reset the day. The film was a critical favorite, grossing $370 million worldwide.
Cruise will return for the sequel, though Blunt’s involvement remains unclear. Christopher McQuarrie, who co-wrote the original’s screenplay and directed Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, is attached to direct.

Sharpnel and Waterhouse’ credits including Jesse Owens biopic Race, and a rewrite of The Gray Man.

Edge of Tomorrow is based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s light novel All You Need Is Kill.


Tom Cruise’s ‘Mummy’ Reboot Casts Annabelle Wallis

More news for The Mummy Reboot, via Variety:

Annabelle Wallis is in talks for the female lead in Universal’s “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise, sources tell Variety.

Wallis will play an archaeologist in the film. Sofia Boutella, meanwhile, is on board to play the iconic monster.

The film is set to bow on June 9, 2017.

The studio tapped Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan last summer to help develop a monster universe for Universal with rebooted versions of classic monster movies. Kurtzman is also on board to direct, and will produce alongside Morgan and Sean Daniel.

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

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

Wallis is best known for her work in Steven Knight’s “Peaky Blinders.” She also starred in the 2014 horror pic “Annabelle” and the comedy “Brothers Grimsby.” Wallis will play Maid Maggie in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming King Arthur movie — set for release in 2017. She also recently wrapped Zack Whedon’s thriller “Come and Find Me” opposite Aaron Paul.

‘Top Gun 2’: Jerry Bruckheimer Generates Excitement With Tom Cruise Tweet

Jerry Bruckheimer posted a photo with Tom and mentions Top Gun 2 discussion!

From Variety:

Bruckheimer produced “Top Gun,” the Oscar-winning 1986 action drama that starred Cruise as young Navy pilot Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

Development of “Top Gun 2” was confirmed last year by Skydance CEO David Ellison, who also shared some details about the plot.

“It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters… It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today,” said Ellison at a “Terminator Genisys” press junket last June. The exec also hinted that Cruise would be returning to reprise his role as Maverick. “There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie, and there is no ‘Top Gun’ without Maverick, and it is going to be Maverick playing Maverick,” Ellison said.

Val Kilmer, who played Lt. Tom “Iceman” Kazanski in the original, announced on Facebook in November that he was offered a role in the sequel as well, adding, “not often you get to say ‘yes’ without reading the script.”

Christopher McQuarrie Eyeing Return for ‘Mission: Impossible 6’

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.

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