22 Apr 2009
Even now, after Valkryie flopped and Tom Cruise hasn't had a legitimate hit in years, the man's still got his pick of the litter for his next project. According to Variety, studios have been falling over themselves trying to land Cruise, spending millions in rewrite fees to tailor their scripts to suit him.
So far the trade lists the frontrunners for Tom's next project as Motorcade, a DreamWorks drama from Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman, followed by the Spyglass remake The Tourist starring Charlize Theron and directed by Bharat Nalluri, and then the Fox action comedy Wichita with Cameron Diaz starring and Walk the Line's James Mangold directing. "Also still in the mix is MGM's The Matarese Circle, which potentially matches Cruise with Denzel Washington and helmer David Cronenberg."
That unfortunately means the Universal romantic comedy Lost for Words is out, along with The 28th Amendment, a drama Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is directing for Warner Bros, but thanks for trying, play again. In the meantime, Cruise has almost single-handedly been keeping a steady stream of screenwriters in business as they hone projects based on his notes. Now there's somebody doing his part to stimulate the economy...