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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.

Tom Cruise And Doug Liman Plan Mena

Posted by Annie on
January 16th, 2015

Possible new project for Tom! Via Empire

Edge Of Tomorrow team set for 1980s drug tale

Universal pounced on Gary Spinelli’s based-on-truth drug pilot spec script Mena last year, throwing down a million dollars to secure the rights. Ron Howard briefly considered making it, but now Edge Of Tomorrow star and his director, Doug Liman, are in talks to take over instead.

The title refers to Mena, Arkansas, the site of much of the action in the extraordinary life of Barry Seal, the focus of the film. Seal was a pilot for TWA in the 1970s who lost his job when he was caught flying plastic explosives from Miami to Mexico for an anti-Castro group. He subsequently went solo as an aviation consultant, and began a lucrative second career smuggling cannabis and cocaine between South and North America, eventually getting entangled with the notorious Colombian Medellin Cartel.

When he was caught, he made deals with the CIA and DEA to continue his activities as an informant and spy. His adventures saw him encounter infamous names like Pablo Escobar and Jorge Luis Ochoa Vasquez, expose political corruption in Nicaragua and have no small part in kicking off the Iran-Contra Affair. Seal was assassinated in Baton Rouge by the Medellins in 1986.

This could be a meaty, controversial role for Cruise and Liman feels like the right man to make it. It will all depend, however, on whether they actually lock in deals. Should that happen, expect the cameras to roll later this year.

Good news about Top Gun Sequel:

“Top Gun 2” is still happening according to Jerry Bruckheimer, and its plot is as modern as ever. The super producer stopped by HuffPost Live on Thursday to discuss his new book, “Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes, Four Decades of Filmmaking,” and also explained how the sequel could exist in today’s world of warfare.

“We’ve been trying to get that movie made for 30 years, and I think we’re getting closer and closer,” Bruckheimer told Ricky Camilleri. “Don [Simpson] and I tried to develop something, we didn’t succeed. [Tom] Cruise took over, and he tried to develop something, and he didn’t succeed. Now we’re back at it.”

As Bruckheimer noted, it was Tony Scott, the film’s original director, who was able to crack the story before his death in 2012.

“The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay,” Bruckheimer said. “It’s just getting to the starting place. Fortunately for Tom, he’s very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture.”


Tom Cruise to return for Jack Reacher 2

Posted by Annie on
December 9th, 2013

One of 2012′s most pleasant surprises was Christopher McQuarrie‘s ‘Jack Reacher,’ which starred Tom Cruise as the titular bad ass. As it was based on a series of books by Lee Child it seemed ready to spawn a franchise, but the film’s modestly-hyped Christmas release suggested that Paramount didn’t know if they had a winner. The film was a modest success, and now Paramount is working on developing a sequel.

News comes from Deadline that Paramount and Skydance are looking to adapt the most recent Reacher adventure ‘Never Go Back,’ in which the main character is under suspicion for pummeling a man and impregnating a woman. Currently the project is out to writers. The first ‘Reacher’ was adapted by Christopher McQuarrie, who will not be working on the sequel as he’s currently prepping ‘Mission: Impossible 5.’

Word is that Paramount wants this fast, and may try to try to sneak the ‘Reacher’ sequel into Cruise’s schedule before he returns to Ethan Hunt, though he’s been circling ‘Go Like Hell‘ for Joseph Kosinski. Currently ‘Mission: Impossible 5′ is dated for December 25, 2015, so they don’t have a lot of time on the clock unless they follow ‘Warcraft”s lead and move ‘M:I 5′ away from ‘Star Wars: Episode 7,’ which is currently scheduled to open December 18, 2015.


Reports have Tom Cruise in early talks to star in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Warner Bros. feature adaptation of the 1960s series. The show starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement who used gadgets and wits to fight against the evil organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H. Guy Ritchie (Snatch) will direct from a Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum) script.

Deadline reports that Cruise is in early talks for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros. The studio previously had Steven Soderbergh in line to direct with George Clooney starring, but the latter dropped out due to surgery which would have limited him in a physical role. In an interview with our own Steve Weintraub, screenwriter Burns recently talked at length about his treatment for the feature adaptation, saying:

“Steven and I both loved it because it was a way of doing a spy movie and setting up a really interesting character that was fascinating to us, because U.N.C.L.E. wasn’t affiliated with the US or with Russia, it was this great Cold War thing. And now spies have all these great toys but we would have to take some of them away, because it was the 60s and there would be different plots because you didn’t always have a cell and you couldn’t solve problems with some of the things now.

So we had this idea based on something happening in the real world where there was this—I’ll tell you what, here I’ll reveal a whole bunch. I don’t know if Warner Brothers is going to use this but there was a thing that happened with a B-52 bomber in like 1966 or 1967 over Spain where it was refueling and there was an accident and it lost its payload and three bombs fell on Spain and the Atlantic, and they hadn’t been armed, but the contained warheads. So we scattered plutonium all over a farm field in Spain, the second bomb was recovered, but the there was a period of time when the third bomb was laying on the floor of the Mediterranean and no one could find it and so it was the race to find it that was what our episode was about, which I thought was going to be really, really cool and I’m bummed we didn’t get to do it.”

This project could turn into another possible franchise for Cruise, who already boasts the success of the Mission: Impossible films and will reportedly return for a follow-up to Jack Reacher, in which he played the title character. Cruise will next star in Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi thriller Oblivion, opening April 19th.

Source: Collider

Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise was recently interviewed and revealed that Mission: Impossible 5 might be on it’s way to the big screen.

The actor explains his experience making films and his vision for the franchise.

[gn_quote style=”1″]”I started Mission: Impossible hoping I could make many of them. It’s a character that I can grow with. At that time it was the most expensive film in the history of Paramount Pictures, and the first film I was producing. It’s been pretty exciting. I’ll make a bunch of those. I’ll make as many as people want to see… because they’re very challenging, and so much fun to make. We’re already working on different images. Talking conceptually. I love traveling around promoting different movies because I’m always looking at different places, and I always walk around to see the city. I look at architecture, subways… coming up with different sequences.”[/gn_quote]

Tom Cruise will next be seen in Christopher McQuarrie’s crime drama Jack Reacher, which hits theaters December 21st.

Mission: Impossible 5 comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames.


DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has closed its deal to acquire Our Name Is Adam, the T.S. Nowlin script that will have Tom Cruise play an astronaut who travels back in time and works with his younger self. I reported that Paramount would step up and not waste the first crack it had on the material through its first look deal with Mary Parent’s Disruption. The studio stepped up after it secured Skydance Productions as its partner on the film. There was buzz on the project when it looked like other studios would get a shot at the material, but that pretty much ended when Paramount entered into an exclusive negotiation last Wednesday.

This gives Paramount and Skydance yet another project with Cruise. The parties already have the Mission: Impossible franchise, the upcoming Christopher McQuarrie-directed Jack Reacher, and the sequel to Top Gun.


Odd though it may seem, Tom Cruise is really getting himself into a sci-fi groove. It’s sort of enough that Oblivion is preparing to open next April and All You Need Is Kill is making its way toward production — especially for someone like him, who isn’t making film-after-film these days — Variety tell us the actor is essentially guaranteed to headline a genre project that’s only known as Our Name Is Adam.

While we’re told the film’s been written by T.S. Nowlin — whose screenplay Agent 13 is expected to get treatment from Charlize Theron and Apes director Rupert Wyatt — and to be produced by Mary Parent (Pacific Rim, Noah), who Cruise worked with on Valkyrie, every other substantial note is withheld from us simple members of the general public. Well, okay, here’s one other thing: Given that the producer’s Disruption Entertainment have a first-look deal with Paramount, it would appear that Our Name Is Adam will end up there. No surprise for Cruise.

Taking the title into some kind of consideration, I’d wager (really for the hell of it) that the movie has one thing or another to do with a mode of creation; further, let’s say it has something to do with genetic engineering. But that’s just a wild guess and, past what little that already is, there’s almost no reason to even guess. Wait Adam out.


Rupert Sanders to direct Van Helsing?

Posted by Annie on
October 11th, 2012

On the one hand, Sanders turned in a successful debut picture for Universal with Snow White And The Huntsman, a film that may not have been a massive blockbuster success but certainly turned a tidy bit of business for the studio and teed up what could very well end up being a successful franchise. Clearly Sanders is someone Universal wants to keep in the fold.

But then, on the other hand, there is Sanders’ well publicized dalliance with Snow White star Kristen Stewart. And while it is nearly impossible to separate truth from pure gossip on that front when it comes to the sequel / spinoff, who will and won’t star, who will and won’t direct, and – more to the point – why people will or won’t star or direct, what has become very clear is that the whole Snow White franchise has become a little bit toxic as long as Sanders is attached to it.

So, what to do? You’re a studio with a director who has proven himself to be a sound investment but who also carries a whole whack of baggage with him should he continue along his original path. The answer is simple: Having already proven that he can revise and revitalize one classic literary figure, let him do it to another.

Twitch has learned that Sanders and Universal have engaged in some early and still relatively casual conversations about Universal’s upcoming Van Helsing with the sides expressing a mutual interest in doing the project with one another. Tom Cruise is attached to both produce and star as the titular vampire hunter in the Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman penned story. Cruise is currently filming All You Need Is Kill with Van Helsing a strong possibility to be his next project after that, meaning Universal need to lock down a director fairly quickly and this would certainly seem to play to Sanders’ skill set while also allowing a bit of breathing space for the director before the Snow White spinoff that he is rumored to be directing./blockquote>


MGM are thought to have their latest remake in their sights, with Variety reporting that Tom Cruise is set to star in a new version of The Magnificent Seven.

The film is the latest in a long line of remakes currently in the works at the studio, with versions of Carrie, Poltergeist and RoboCop all at various stages in the production process.

Cruise himself is also on a remake tip at present, with this latest news coming hot on the heels of the announcement that he will star in Universal’s forthcoming Van Helsing remake. Cruise has apparently been a long-standing fan of The Magnificent Seven, although he’s thought to be waiting for the film to be greenlit before officially signing on.

The original film (itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai) tells the story of a group of gunslingers hired by a village of Mexican peasants to run off a marauding gang of banditos. Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen headed up the all-star cast.

No word as yet on release dates or further casting, but MGM will look to get this one off the ground as soon as possible so as to secure a spot in Cruise’s busy schedule. Time to start assembling those fantasy ensembles…

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