Tom Cruise is set to re-team with director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) once again. The duo previously worked together on 2014’s sci-fi time-looper Edge of Tomorrow and the cartel thriller Mena, which arrives in theaters next January, and will collaborate once again for Liman’s long-gestating sci-fi film Luna Park (previously known as Luna). Variety reports that Cruise will join Liman on the project with an eye to star in the feature dependent on the next draft of the script.
The film follows a group of renegade former space employees who travel the world, stealing the equipment they need to travel back to the moon to acquire an energy source.
Liman first tried to get the project off the ground back in 2014 with Jake Gyllenhaal attached as the lead. When Gyllenhall fell of the project, Liman met with a number of other actors for the project including Chris Pine and Andrew Garfield. Luna Park was greenlit at Paramount in 2011, but the studio pulled the plug on production when financier Skydance dropped out due to a skyrocketing budget. It’s unclear at this time if the project will remain with Paramount and Skydance, but given Cruise’s good relationship with the studios after the massive success of Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, it’s a likely partnership.
Cruise is keen to develop good working relationships with directors that lead to multiple collaborations, most recently demonstrated with his Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie, who worked with Cruise twice before on Valkyrie and Jack Reacher before Cruise selected him for the latest installment in the superspy franchise.
No word on when Luna Park would head into production, as Cruise is about to kick off Jack Reacher 2, which will reunite him with his Last Samurai director Edward Zwick. After that, Cruise is slated to head into the next Mission Impossible sequel.