Tom Cruise & Christopher McQuarrie Plotting New Musical, Action Thriller & More Les Grossman While Speed Flying Through ‘Mission: Impossible 8’
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Tom Cruise & Christopher McQuarrie Plotting New Musical, Action Thriller & More Les Grossman While Speed Flying Through ‘Mission: Impossible 8’

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: As Top Gun: Maverick passed $1.3 billion to climb to 13th place on the all time worldwide gross list, star Tom Cruise and producer Christopher McQuarrie are in the early stages of setting up three very different projects. They are still in the thick of Mission: Impossible 8 — Cruise was recently photographed in the UK’s Lake District practicing what appears to be his next death defying stunt, something called ‘speed flying’ — sources said that Cruise and McQuarrie are hatching three new film projects. One is an original song and dance-style musical they’ll craft as a star vehicle for Cruise. They are also setting up another original action film with franchise potential, and they are also fixated on Les Grossman. The latter is the gruff, dance-happy studio executive Cruise played in cameo for Tropic Thunder. It’s unclear if they will create a whole movie around Grossman, or borrow him for inclusion in either of the other vehicles.

Cruise has long been interested in doing a musical. He learned to sing like a rock star for Rock of Ages, and would dance as well, with all three of these scripts to be written by McQuarrie in collaboration with Cruise.

Also looming large is the untitled film that Cruise intends to make with director Doug Liman and McQuarrie producing. You know, the one they’ll shoot in outer space, with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Since Deadline broke the story about this plan, Universal signed on to be the studio. As Deadline subsequently reported, they’ve aligned with SEE-1, film producer duo Elena and Dmitry Lesnevsky’s newly-launched Space Entertainment Enterprise (S.E.E.) that will dock with Axiom’s world-first commercial space station Axiom Station, which is connected to the International Space Station (ISS). That one might well come next.

So much for the notion of Cruise slowing down at age 60. If you’ve forgotten his floor moves as Grossman, here’s a reminder:

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Tom Cruise To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk’s SpaceX at the International Space Station
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Tom Cruise To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk’s SpaceX at the International Space Station

Well, it looks like Tom has run out of EARTH defying stunts. He is now going to space to shoot a film. The NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, confirmed Tom will be filming on the International Space Station. Read the articles below:

From Deadline:

Out Of This World! Tom Cruise Plots Movie To Shoot In Space With Elon Musk’s SpaceX

DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Tom Cruise and Elon Musk’s Space X are working on a project with NASA that would be the first narrative feature film – an action adventure – to be shot in outer space. It’s not a Mission: Impossible film and no studio is in the mix at this stage but look for more news as I get it. But this is real, albeit in the early stages of liftoff.

Mission: Impossible Fallout took a break, literally when he broke his ankle in a leap from one rooftop to the other and he also hung from a helicopter; he hung from the side of a jet plane during takeoff in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, and in Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol he scaled the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai skyscraper, and executed stunts 123 floors up. He is meticulous in preparing these stunts he does, which are frightening just to watch.

There has never been a leading man (Jackie Chan might dispute this) who puts himself at risk as often as does Cruise, in the name of the most realistic action sequences possible. If he is successful shooting a project in Musk’s space ship, he will be alone in the Hollywood record books. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Tuesday confirmed Deadline’s scoop.

From Collider:

Tom Cruise Is Making the First Action Movie in Outer Space, Because of Course He Is

Space. The final frontier. Or so it seems for Tom Cruise, who is reportedly teaming with Elon Musk‘s Space X and the brainiacs at NASA to shoot an action movie in outer space.

Take that, Tom Hanks (Apollo 13), Ryan Gosling (First Man), Matt Damon (The Martian), George Clooney (Gravity) and Brad Pitt (As Astra), among countless others! Those guys have only pretended to be in outer space. Tom Cruise is actually planning to do it, and hey, if anyone can pull it off, it’s him, right?

Deadline has the news, writing that this would not be a Mission: Impossible movie, and there is no studio involved at this time, as the projects is “in the early stages of liftoff.”

Does it make sense that Cruise would be the first movie star to launch himself into outer space for his art? Of course it does! This is a man who has scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, hung from both a helicopter and the side of a jet plane, and shattered his ankle jumping between buildings. And you thought he’d rather shoot on a green screen rather than become an actual astronaut? You don’t know what dedication is until you’ve met Tom Cruise.

Now, it’s unclear when we’ll see this project come to fruition, as Cruise still has to shoot a pair of Mission: Impossible movies, and there’s no telling what could happen to him as he tries to top his last few onscreen stunts. But on the bright side, there’s no coronavirus in space, so at least he won’t have to worry about that — though he’ll still have to wear a mask and gloves.

And, this is not the first time Tom has tried to go to space, check out the article from W Magazine:

It’s safe to say people are likely dreaming of ways to get off this planet right now, but Tom Cruise might actually do it. Earlier this morning, Deadline ran a short item that Cruise and Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, in conjunction with NASA, were in the early phases of discussing the possibility of shooting a movie in space.

Somehow, this managed to attract less attention than Musk allegedly naming his newborn child X Æ A-12. This is perhaps not even the craziest rumor we’ve ever heard about Tom Cruise.

Yet, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed on Twitter by the end of the day that, indeed, this is something which may actually occur. Though, his tweet mentions nothing of Musk or his company.

The Deadline item clarifies that the film would not be part of the Mission: Impossible franchise, but does heavily imply that Cruise would star in the film.

Matters like plot, of course, have not been confirmed. Nor is there any indication about how much of the film would be actually shot in space—just a pivotal scene, or the whole thing?

Perhaps we should have seen this coming. This isn’t even the first time Cruise has entertained the idea of shooting in space.

A few years ago, the inordinately ambitious director James Cameron revealed that in around 2000, he discussed the possibility of shooting a film in space with Cruise.

“I actually talked to [Cruise] about doing a space film in space, about 15 years ago. I had a contract with the Russians in 2000 to go to the International Space Station and shoot a high-end 3-D documentary there,” Cameron told Empire. “And I thought, ‘S—, man, we should just make a feature.’ I said, ‘Tom, you and I, we’ll get two seats on the Soyuz, but somebody’s gotta train us as engineers.’ Tom said, ‘No problem, I’ll train as an engineer.’ We had some ideas for the story, but it was still conceptual.”

Russia’s Soyuz space shuttles did, for a short time, allow some form of space tourism (Remember when Lance Bass almost went to space back in 2002? Yeah, that would have been on Russian shuttles).

In fact, through one of those Soyuz flights, the first short film ever shot in space was made possible. Back in 2009, video game entrepreneur Richard Garriott booked a seat to the International Space Station and recruited a few actual astronauts and cosmonauts to act out a nine-minute film called Apogee of Fear.

We imagine Cruise would aim for something a little more professional.

Ultimately, though, Cruise’s allegiances remain with America. In another odd story, he apparently inspired and took part in the redesign of NASA’s official website at some point. He’s a confirmed space nut, despite the fact that he has surprisingly few space-centric films in his body of work.

Though, America has not had its own space shuttle program since 2011. So, we imagine, that’s where Musk’s SpaceX comes in. The company already has contracts with NASA to shuttle both supplies and astronauts back and forth between earth and the International Space Station. What’s one more roundtrip for Tom Cruise?

The film would be a milestone, but it does put things in perspective. In the ’60s, the space race represented the pinnacle of mankind’s scientific achievement. Today, space is just the next frontier in the content wars.

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

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.

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Tom Cruise And Doug Liman Plan Mena

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.

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Jerry Bruckheimer Says ‘Top Gun 2’ Will Pit Tom Cruise Against Drones

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.”

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Tom Cruise to return for Jack Reacher 2
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Tom Cruise to return for Jack Reacher 2

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.

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Tom Cruise in Talks to Star in Director Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

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.

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Tom Cruise Talks Mission: Impossible 5 Possibilities

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.

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Paramount, Skydance Close Deal For Tom Cruise-Attached Script ‘Our Name Is Adam’

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.

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