He’s been to the top of the tallest building in the world, and now ladies and gentlemen, Tom Cruise is going to the moon. Well maybe. Director Doug Liman has been developing a moon-set heist film called Luna Park for a few years now, but the project got a boost last month when Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow star Tom Cruise became tenuously attached to possibly lead the film. Now it appears that the movie is gaining further traction, as Variety reports that Pan scribe Jason Fuchs has been set to write the latest draft of the script with an eye on possibly getting this off the ground next year.
Cruise just began production on the sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back after wrapping the drug smuggling actioner Mena (also directed by Liman), and while he’s working with Paramount to get Mission: Impossible 6 into shape to start filming next summer, Luna Park is surfacing as a possible bridge movie between the two franchises. If all goes well with Fuchs’ draft, Paramount and Skydance—the same production teams behind Mission: Impossible 6—may try to squeeze the Luna Park shoot in before next summer’s M:I 6 start date.
Cruise has weathered tight squeezes before—only days after wrapping Vanilla Sky, Cruise cut off his hair and started production on Minority Report (in fact, Vanilla Sky cohorts Cameron Crowe and Cameron Diaz cameo in Steven Spielberg‘s sci-fi noir).
Fuchs is on a bit of a roll as of late, even as Pan is his only produced feature to date. He was enlisted by Warner Bros. to work on Wonder Woman and is developing Rust for 20th Century Fox, and he appears as an actor in Damien Chazelle’s upcoming musical La La Land.
Luna Park is a somewhat nutty sci-fi actioner revolving around a group of renegade employees who venture to the moon to steal an energy source, but Liman and Cruise’s energy on Edge of Tomorrow was infectious, so if they can keep that going on Luna Park then more power to them. But here’s hoping after Luna Park they decide the time is right for Edge of Tomorrow 2.