So, a writer/producer for Battlestar Galactica, Ronald D. Moore, is writing a sci-fi trilogy for Tom Cruise‘s fledgling United Artists. That’s all of the info offered basically. As we’ve said before, original sci-fi seems to be on the comeback as we close out the decade and enter a considerable unknown. Moore previously worked on Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 2. Here’s what UA partner Paula Wagner had to say about him…
Â “Over the last decade Ron has emerged as the foremost sci-fi, fantasy creator, writer in theÂ industry and working with him to bringÂ his creativeÂ talents to the big screenÂ is a great partnership for our studio.”
After striking out with Lions For Lambs, launching a force field against Valkyrie‘s bad buzz and green lighting a stupid remake of Teen Witch, UA needs to produce a seriously popular and profitable franchise. More news on Moore’s trilogy as it develops. Is it just me or should Cruise make two more Risky Business films? Just me? Eeek.Â
“Slide to the left, now slide to the right.”
The Internets today: Tom Cruise‘s career is on life support, yadda yadda. Is the Internets correct? I’m not fond of talking about Tom Cruise around the water cooler, but I’d say the Internets are wrong. Does that make me a relevant revolutionary? United Artists, which is headed up by Cruise and Paula Wagner, has pushed back the release date for Bryan Singer‘s expensive kill-Hitler flick, Valkyrie, from October ’08 to February 13th, 2009. Yes, that means Tom Cruise will battle Jason Voorhees. Amazing.
This marks the second calendar move for the poorly buzzed and semi-mocked war film. Previously, Valkyrie was set for a release this June, but when the original trailer–which lacked the kinetic action of a summer blockbuster and memorably showed Cruise as an eye-patched Nazi who talks like a Santa Cruz sensimilla dealer–bombed the film suddenly became a “prestige picture.” Fall called. Now President’s Day Weekend calls. Here’s what MGM’s distribution president, Clark Woods, had to say to The Hollywood Reporter…
“When an opening became available for Presidents Day weekend, we seized the opportunity. Having seen a lot of the film and how great it is going to play once it’s finished, moving into a big holiday weekend is the right move.”
Over at The Hot Blog, David Poland speculates that Cruise will rev up Mission: Impossible 4 for a start in September in order to get a sure thing in the basket. Poland doesn’t give specifics but says he’s 90% sure that M:I 4 will happen. Really? Given how poorly M:I 3 did domestically, I can’t imagine Cruise resorting to Ethan Hunt for the save. Peter disagrees, but I think Cruise should follow-up his cameo in Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder, which has great w.o.m., with another comedy. Hardy Men with Stiller needs to happen, stat. After Lions For Lambs (which cannot be blamed on The Cruise, it was a terribly marketed talk-fest war film) and Valkyrie (which clearly has identity issues), I really don’t think audiences want to see this guy in another serious role.
The only way for Cruise to avoid more stabs from Perez Hilton’s ilk, boisterous Scientology haters and the Net’s endless celebrity career strategizers is to take aim at the very notion that it’s getting to him. Showing American audiences how fast The Cruise can sprint from million-dollar missiles is not going to prove anything at this point.
As for Valkyrie‘s new date, I think it’s actually smart. It meets expectations for the film, and while February is considered a dead zone, The Wolf Man and The Pink Panther 2 were formerly parked there. When it comes to marketing, the main thing with Valkyrie is “what in the hell is it?” At this point, it just needs to be entertaining and not accidentally hilarious. If it flops during Valentine’s Day, there will be less eyes and less surprise.
Discuss: Do you think M:I 4 will happen? Would Cruise be better off following-up his Valley Nazi with Hardy Men or even Risky Business 2? Is it action film or bust at this point?
Jeeeez, Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner are on a roll. I bet Paramount and Redstone are regretting that separation now. The new United Artists are in talks to acquire Francis Ford Coppola’s first film in ten years.
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It looks like comic book fanboys might have to wait a little longer for another fix of the man and blue and red tights. Variety reports that United Artists have greenlit Bryan Singer’s next project.
The yet-to-be-titled dramatic thriller is an ensemble mult-character story set in World War II. What is it about? We don’t have any idea. What we do is that the project reunites Singer with The Usual Suspects screenwriter Chris McQuarrie. So it’s probably going to be good, despite the blatant lack of red and blue tights.
Singer and McQuarrie took the project directly to United Artists heads Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, who agreed to finance it almost immediately.
The new project begins production this summer. Best case scenario, the Superman Returns sequel could start shooting in mid-2008. I doubt Singer would go right from one movie to the next, especially considering the lengthy preproduction development process that is involved in a comic book movie. I could be wrong, but the June 2009 release date seems a bit unrealistic. Even Variety admits, “The film will delay Warner Bros.’ hope of mounting a sequel to “Superman Returns” in the near future.”
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