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