Christopher McQuarrie started out as a screenwriter (winning an Oscar for his early screenplay The Usual Suspects) and briefly segued into directing with The Way of the Gun in 2000. Now he is about to get back in the director’s chair for the Tom Cruise thriller One Shot, which he scripted and will direct as his second feature. And his third directorial effort may already be lined up.

McQuarrie has made a deal to write, direct and produce Rubicon, which will move the story and action of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai to Afghanistan. Instead of samurai, the group of warriors will be Navy SEALs. Read More »

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The latest addition to Christopher McQuarrie‘s One Shot, an adaptation of Lee Child‘s novel of the same name that is already set to feature Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Robert Duvall, and Richard Jenkins, is Michael Raymond-James. The actor had a role on the well-liked and sadly canceled Terriers, and has been a part of True Blood as well.

Now he’ll have a chance to shine as Linsky, a criminal who works for the villain to be played by Werner Herzog, as Jack Reacher (Cruise) tries to uncover the truth behind a strange set of sniper killings in which they’re involved. That’s the basic news. Hit the break for what the announced character description suggests about the script. Read More »

I know there are people who don’t love the idea of Tom Cruise playing Lee Child‘s hulking and coldly/violently capable hero Jack Reacher. But with the addition of Werner Herzog to the cast of One Shot, the film that Christopher McQuarrie wrote and is directing based on Child’s novel, I don’t see how anyone could stay away.

Herzog will be playing a twisted old figure known only as the Zec — he’s the big bad of the film. It’s killer casting as far as I’m concerned, and something that elevates the film from ‘high curiosity’ status to ‘must-see.’ Who would have guessed that the rather resolute contrarian Herzog would end up with a major role in a studio film like this? More details are after the break. Read More »

The cast of Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation of Lee Child‘s novel One Shot is looking pretty good. Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher, an ex-military cop who is called upon to assist the prime suspect in a series of sniper murders. Rosamund Pike plays a young defense lawyer who is also roped into the case; Richard Jenkins plays the DA trying to prosecute the sniper. David Oyelowo is a cop on the case, and Alexia Fast has a small role as a local girl with a tangential role in the story.

And now Robert Duvall has taken the call to play a small role. That role isn’t revealed, but there are two possibilities that quickly come to mind, and one of those is the villain. Read More »

Robert Zemeckis is getting ready to make Flight, in which Denzel Washington plays a booze- and drug-addled pilot who heroically saves a troubled flight, only to face an investigation into his role in the flight’s troubles. Kelly Reilly plays another addict who comes into his life, and Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood are in talks for roles. Now Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) is in talks to play the flight’s co-pilot, “who finds religion after the crash.” John Gatins scripted. [THR]

After the break, the Tom Cruise thriller One Shot gets one more and Mira Sorvino is in a sordid tale of true crime. Read More »

I have to keep writing the phrase “Tom Cruise thriller One Shot” just to get used to the idea of the actor playing Lee Child‘s giant ex-military cop hero Jack Reacher. I vowed months ago to not bitch about that cast choice any longer, and I’ll stick to that. Getting used to it, however, takes a little work.

It will help to have great actors populating the film around Cruise, and the latest addition to the film, which revolves around a set of sniper murders in a midwest town, is the reliable Richard Jenkins. Read More »

The latest to join One Shot, the adaptation of Lee Child‘s thriller novel about former military cop Jack Reacher and the investigation of a strange set of sniper murders in the midwest, is David Oyelowo. Fresh from The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, he’ll play a veteran homicide detective who investigates the sniper deaths.

Tom Cruise plays hero Jack Reacher, and Christopher McQuarrie scripted and will direct. [Variety]

After the break, Marisa Tomei joins Us & Them, and Nathan Lane teaches alongside Julianne Moore in an indie comedy. Read More »

You know what they say about idle hands: they screw up perfectly good scripts. Let’s hope that’s not the case for The Wolverine, which James Mangold will direct next year. The existing draft was written by Christopher McQuarrie and is said to be quite good. But now, as the film is delayed until a 2012 shoot, Total Recall remake and Jack the Giant Killer writer Mark Bomback has been brought on to rewrite. He also wrote Live Free or Die Hard, so… Read More »

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