It appears that Tom Cruise is becoming quite fond of the science-fiction genre. The actor stars in director Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi pic Oblivion, which opens this weekend, and he recently wrapped the starring role in Doug Liman’s sci-fi thriller All You Need Is Kill. Now Cruise has become attached to star in an adaptation of author Chōhei Kambayashi’s sci-fi novel series Yukikaze for Warner Bros. The book series takes place on an Earth ravaged by war, where a hyper-dimensional passageway opened up over Antarctica thirty years previously, setting into motion events that would find the human race uniting to fight off the mysterious alien force known as JAM.
Cruise would play a second lieutenant who is tasked with heading into enemy territory—the alien home planet Fairy—and gathering information that can bring an end to the war once and for all. Hit the jump for more.
Director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) is lining up his next project. Brewer last helmed the surprisingly entertaining 2011 remake of Footloose, and now Deadline reports that he’s set to write and direct the drama Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills. The pic is based on a Rolling Stone article by Sabrina Rubin Erdley about Lisette Lee, a drug mule who portrayed herself to be an heiress to the Samsung fortune as well as an actress, singer, and model. Lee was caught trafficking 500 pounds of pot into Ohio and was sentenced to six years in prison. Brewer will pen the script and direct for Paramount, with Erwin Stoff set to produce.
The filmmaker had planned on helming Tarzan for Warner Bros. before Harry Potter director David Yates stepped in and took the gig instead. In addition to Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills, Brewer is also set to direct the Fox pilot Boomerang, starring Felicity Huffman and Anthony LaPaglia.
More than two years have passed since Warner Bros. first bought the pitch for a “futuristic retelling of Samson and Delilah” to be directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend). At that time, Scott Silver was known as the screenwriter behind 8 Mile. Since then, Silver has earned an Oscar nomination for his part in writing The Fighter, which provides an audience to share his plans for Samson. For instance, when Samson is transplanted from Biblical times to the future, his divinely granted strength qualifies as a superpower.
“I’m finishing up something completely different, a superhero movie set in the future for Warner Bros. It’s an original superhero.”
Read more of what Silver had to say after the jump.
It seems writer/director David Ayer (Harsh Times, Street Kings) has finally decided on his next project and it’s going to be a remake/reboot of the classic 1985 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Commando, with Erwin Stoff and John Davis producing. According to Deadline:
“He will put his own real-world spin on this original premise: a retired elite special forces operative sees his daughter kidnapped and is told she’ll die unless he gets on a plane and kills the rival of a nasty exiled dictator. Ayer’s protagonist will be less brawny, but more skilled in covert tactics and weaponry.”
While I figured many films would be remade before Commando, I’m not completely against it. What I am against is producer John Davis being involved. Hit track record speaks for itself: Dr. Dolittle, Eragon, Garfield, Daddy Day Care, AVP: Requiem, Norbit, Fat Albert, Waterworld, and a ton of other movies I would never pay to see. More after the jump: