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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 »

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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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Doug Liman‘s upcoming sci-fi action film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt has been given a new title. Originally called All You Need Is Kill, which also is the name of the original graphic novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film has now been renamed Edge of Tomorrow. It’s definitely a less confusing, more catchy title for the June 2014 release. The film is about a futuristic world where a soldier is caught in a time travel loophole, consistently dying in battle, but in the process also hardening into a military powerhouse, and probing for the weakness of his enemy.

Below, check out the first poster for the film. Read More »

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After trying and failing to get The Man From U.N.C.L.E. off the ground with Steven Soderbergh, the Warner Bros. project seemed to get a new lease on life when Guy Ritchie signed on and then got Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer to star. But once again, the long-gestating picture has hit a speed bump.

Cruise has now dropped out of the role of Napoleon Solo, months after he began circling. At least Hammer remains attached for now. Hit the jump to get the details on Cruise’s exit.

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Briefly: We don’t know what Mission: Impossible 5 will be about, but we know who will write: Drew Pearce, who scripted Iron Man 3 with director Shane Black, has been hired to write the film. Tom Cruise returns to star, and the sequel will reportedly shoot in the fall of this year, after Cruise finishes The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Will Pearce again work with a director who is also known as a screenwriter? Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Cruise in Jack Reacher, has been linked to the film. And while he hasn’t signed on, THR reports that he is “in discussions” to direct M:I 5, even as he has already been set to direct a remake of Ice Station Zebra.

Pearce also did some work on the Pacific Rim script, and is writing another film that he’ll direct as well; details on that are thin right now.

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