In January, the rumor coming from Paramount was that the Tom Cruise action film Jack Reacher, which at the time had grossed about $73 million domestic and was about to open in Asia, had to gross $250 million worldwide to generate interest in a sequel. It seems that number may have dropped when executives looked at A) a bookshelf full of potential pre-written sequels by author Lee Child and B) solid international box office receipts.

Jack Reacher, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, just crossed $200 million worldwide. While that’s not $250 million, it seems Paramount has begun to move forward with a possible sequel. Read More »

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If the first trailer for Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion made Tom Cruise look like a human Wall-E, the second turns him into a more typical sci-fi action hero. Not that that’s a bad thing. The new video offers a better idea of just why Jack is so intrigued by the mysterious woman (Olga Kurylenko) in the spacecraft, and what’s at stake when he decides to go against orders. Hit the jump to watch.

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Back in November, reports said Christopher McQuarrie would be directing Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. This made sense on numerous levels. Brad Bird, who directed the fourth film, had moved to another project. McQuarrie and Cruise have a great relationship, culminating in Jack Reacher, which at the time was yet to be released. Finally, each entry in the M:I series to date had a new director at the helm.

Then Jack Reacher came out and while the film did pretty well critically, it underperformed financially. Whether that was because it was released days after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and the film begins with a savage sniper attack, because people are just over Tom Cruise, or if people just didn’t respond to the marketing and/or film is to be determined.

Either way, the question remained, “Would McQuarrie be handed the keys to one of Paramount’s biggest franchises?” That seems to be the case. McQuarrie took to Twitter and said he’s “deciding to accept” the gig. Which is an odd choice of words, but suggests some sort of offer has been made and acceptance is imminent  There’s more below. Read More »

New Photo: Tom Cruise in ‘Oblivion’

Universal Pictures has released this new photo of Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion. Hit the jump to see the full image.

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2013′s looking like a very promising year for sci-fi, and one of the projects we’ve been following closely Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion. Tom Cruise plays a lonely technician repairing droids on a post-apocalyptic, depopulated Earth. Then a beautiful woman (Olga Kurylenko) crash-lands on the planet, and everything changes.

The first trailer, released earlier this month, intrigued us with its gorgeous visuals and tantalizing plot teases. But there’s only so much information a two-and-a-half minute video can really convey, so today we have a 12-minute commentary track from the director himself about the trailer. Listen to it after the jump.

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Get past the idea that Tom Cruise plays a lonely technician — or we’re meant to believe he does, at least — and this first trailer for Oblivion, the new film from Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, looks pretty appealing. While I have trouble buying Cruise as the last everyman on Earth, there’s a lot of good stuff here.  The trailer is, as we expected from Kosinski, full of great designs. And there’s a lot of classic sci-fi reference in here, as well as some nods to much more recent work. (The poster doesn’t just pull the basic aesthetic made popular by Christopher Nolan’s Batman films; the movie even apes the football stadium push-in from The Dark Knight Rises.)

So have a look at this vision of a decimated future Earth, on which Tom Cruise discovers that there’s more humanity left than he thought, when he runs across Morgan Freeman and a band of ragged survivors. Read More »

Here’s the first official poster for Oblivion, the new film from Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. The movie casts Tom Cruise as a drone repairman who is stationed on an Earth that has seen better days, to put things mildly. The first image sells a grand vision of an almost fossilized Manhattan, with Cruise in the now-standard poster stance. After Tron I’m not certain about Kosinski’s storytelling chops, but I know he can deliver visual spectacle, and this poster certainly promises big imagery.

Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo also star, with the script by William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek, and Michael Arndt based on a graphic novel that Kosinski created.

The trailer will hit on Sunday, but for now you can see the poster below. Read More »

Here’s the best trailer yet released for Christopher McQuarrie‘s Jack Reacher, which stars Tom Cruise as Lee Child‘s ultra-capable former military cop Jack Reacher. Unfortunately, for those who haven’t read the source novel One Shot, it’s also the most plot-heavy trailer yet.

While the voiceover narration here is in Japanese, you won’t need a translation to understand that this trailer sets out the first act of the movie pretty much beat by beat. For those who do know the book, this will point out a few more small changes taken on the road to the screen (such as the precise sniping incident that sets the plot in motion) even as it gives a nice little thrill by showing a few more details of the investigation that follows. Read More »

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