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There will almost certainly be a Jack Reacher sequel — the questions are “when,” and “by whom”? Notice that we don’t have to ask which of the many Lee Child novels the film will be based on, because Tom Cruise, Skydance Productions, and Paramount are now developing the most recent book, Never Go Back, as the sequel. (It’ll probably be titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, in the parlance of our times.)

Those who read all of Child’s novels will know that Never Go Back isn’t quite a standalone story; it is motivated by a phone call Jack Reacher had with the current commanding officer of his old military unit, and he’s spent a couple books trying to get to a base in Virginia to follow up on the call.

There’s something a lot more important in this book, however: a smart, super-precocious teen girl. She could easily end up taking a bigger role in the film than she does in the book, and in so doing make the movie attractive to audiences that didn’t even glance in Jack Reacher‘s direction. Read More »

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Edge of Tomorrow

We haven’t heard much from Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow since we got our first glimpse of footage at Comic-Con, but that’s changing in a big way this week. In advance of the sci-fi thriller’s first trailer release on Wednesday, Warner Bros. has launched a nifty viral campaign, and several images to go along with it.

Based on a graphic novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film centers Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise), who despite his lack of combat training is thrust into the middle of a war against an alien race. He dies quickly, but gets caught in a time loop that forces him to relive that same battle over and over. Emily Blunt stars as another soldier. See the new pics after the jump.

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Briefly: Doug Liman just directed Tom Cruise in the sci-fi time-warp film Edge of Tomorrow, and now Liman is coming on board a movie that Cruise has been trying to make since 2010. The film is El Presidente, about “a straight-arrow Secret Service agent who is assigned to protect America’s worst former president, an alcoholic and womanizing sleazebag who never won a presidential election but was elevated from VP when the president died.” The two are forced on an awkward road trip when a threat puts them on the run together.

For years, Cruise has hoped to land Jack Nicholson to play the President and in so doing achieve a little A Few Good Men reunion. THR reports that while Liman has come aboard, the two haven’t yet convinced Nicholson to do more than read the script. (That’s by Jesse Armstrong and Daniel J. Goor with a rewrite by Paul Attanasio.) Supposedly Cruise doesn’t want to do the film without Nicholson, but that might just be sales pitch.

There was a point when Robert Downey Jr. might have played the ex-POTUS, back when Jay Roach was going to direct. We don’t have any sense of whether someone similar might be next in line if Nicholson says no.

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Briefly: Star Wars who? Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie and Paramount aren’t afraid of a galaxy far, far away. They have chosen December 25, 2015 to open the still untitled Mission: Impossible 5. That’s one week after J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII, and the same day as Live By Night, Ben Affleck’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Argo.

(Maybe the M:I crew isn’t afraid because Abrams is still one of them; he’s a producer, as he has been since stepping into the franchise with the third film.)

Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) co-wrote the film which, at this point, only has Cruise attached. If the story from the last film holds, he might be joined by Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg. [The Wrap]

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We know that Tom Cruise likes to work with the same people multiple times if they get along, and evidently he liked his Oblivion gig with director Joseph Kosinski. The two are going to develop another film together.

In this case the movie is Go Like Hell, set in the ’60s and based on the book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and their Battle For Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A.J. Baime. The story, as you might surmise from that long subtitle, is about the Le Mans rivalry between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari; if this deal leads to a real film, Cruise would play Ford, who with Lee Iacocca and engineer Carroll Shelby designed a car to challenge Ferrari’s European dominance. Read More »

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Briefly: The Mission: Impossible series, which has been the signature action franchise for Tom Cruise for almost 20 years (!!!) has been flirting with writer/director Christopher McQuarrie for months. McQuarrie’s career has become quite intertwined with that of Cruise, beginning with their partnership on Valkyrie, which McQuarrie wrote, and continuing on to Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow, and the stalled Top Gun 2.

A tweet today from McQuarrie seems to confirm involvement with the Mission: Impossible series. We’ve heard that he would co-write (with Drew Pearce) and possibly direct the fifth film; at this point we don’t know if the brief message below is confirmation of one job, or both. The safe bet is that McQuarrie is directing; that’s how the message is being taken by the industry at large.

Updated: Paramount has sent a press release confirming that McQuarrie will direct. Read that below.  Read More »

Edge of Tomorrow

The opening text crawl for Edge of Tomorrow, the new film with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, was “Live/Die/Repeat.” That’s the film in a nutshell — Cruise plays an Army PR guy who is thrown into combat and immediately killed. But that’s not his end; for reasons unknown to him, Cruise lives his last day over and over again. In the process he learns how to be a deadly soldier in humanity’s fight against aliens, and he also tracks down another mysterious warrior, the woman other soldiers call the Full Metal Bitch, played by Emily Blunt.

At Comic Con today, Tom Cruise was joined on stage by Blunt, director Doug Liman, and writer Christopher McQuarrie. (And they were joined by Bill Paxton, who plays a supporting role.) Cruise charmed the hell out of the crowd, through his interactions with moderator Chris Hardwick and praise for Doug Liman and Emily Blunt. In turn, his co-conspirators praised his intense work ethic, which drove Cruise to run and fight through scenes wearing a suit of armor that weighs over 100lbs.

A brief bit of footage was shown, and we’ll run down that and some of the panel info below.  Read More »

Edge of Tomorrow

Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow, once called All You Need is Kill, showed off a new image (above) and a poster before heading to Comic Con, with footage likely to debut Saturday morning at the Warner Bros. panel. But on the show floor some of the costumes from the film are being displayed for attendees right now.

In the film, Tom Cruise plays a soldier killed in battle with aliens, who finds himself reliving his final day of life. (You might remember that this project was described pretty early on as Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers.) That constant reincarnation lets him play out that battle almost like a video game, allowing him to get better and better as s soldier. Some of his gear for the fight eventually includes the power suits seen above and in the Comic Con poster. You can get another look at the suits in pics from the show floor, below. Read More »

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