Tom Cruise Career Update: Getting His Scripts ‘Tom-Ready’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 4:14 pm,

The world’s smallest biggest movie star Tom Cruise is a man who does not make decisions lightly. The couch jumping fiend is still mulling over his next film projects.

Currently Cruise has four potential projects in development, with studios spending HUGE amounts of money paying top-tier writers to help tailor the scripts to meet Cruise’s needs.

The four films in the top gun’s firing line include Motorcade, The Tourist, The Matarese Circle and Wichita (with Vanilla Sky co-star Cameron Diaz). Two potential films that have been dropped from his list of potentials include The 28th Amendment (to be directed by (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck), and the romantic comedy Lost For Words (set to be helmed by Susanne Bier). It really is a war of the words.

The world may be undergoing financial troubles right now, and Hollywood may be cutting prices on movie stars and writers, but it would appear that in order to catch Tom Cruise the studios are really showing the color of money.

Script doctors have been making as much as $250,000 a week, for two-to-six week’s work on scripts for Cruise. For some it might be a risky business for others it just shows that the Hollywood legend really is a rain man.

Writers who have been shown the money include Scott Frank, Paul Attanasio, Richard Curtis, Billy Ray, Valkyrie writer Christopher McQuarrie, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The studios involved must have some serious collateral to pay that sort of money out for one man. Having said that, the script doctors that Cruise has chosen are a few good men.

The star hasn’t made the firm commitment to any of the films – but I feel that David Cronenberg’s The Matarese Circle is far and away the most likely choice, as it would team Cruise with fellow A-lister Denzel Washington.

In the last couple of years the press have been saying that Cruise was “losin’ it” with regards to box office appeal, but if he still has all the right moves he should be making a choice soon. With so many scripts to choose from it must be mission: impossible. It would probably be best for Tom to select scripts with his eyes wide shut!

More Cruise news when we get it. (I’m all punned out.)

Source: Variety

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  1. tom cruise is a great actor i wouldnt mind seeing more of his films, however his greatest films were “top gun” and “war of the worlds”(imo), its just that people cant stop bashing him about being a scientologist.

  2. a better script= a better movie!

  3. Tom. Thumb. Tom Thumb.

  4. Hate Dr Teeth .. er I mean Tom Cruise..and Niall you’re not very punny at all.. ;)

  5. Awesome but also terrible ues of the puns. I loved it.

    I’m not however a Cruise fan, his ego writes cheques his body can cash, He’s quite powerful for a midget.

  6. I do think Cruise is an excellent actor. I’ve always felt he deserved an Oscar nomination for “The Last Samurai.” In a lesser actor’s hands, that film would have been very over-the-top.

    And yes, some of his work is hit-or-miss, but his hits tend to really justify a lot of the gambles he’s taken, I think.

  7. The Matarese Cirle would be a good choice.
    Its based on a thriller by Bourne Identity author Robert Ludlum.

  8. The Matarese Circle would be a good choice.
    its based on a novel By Bourne Identity author
    Robert Ludlum.

  9. Make that crazy member of a dangerous cult go away forever.

  10. Niall, I loved all the puns in your article; it gave me a much needed laugh. :-) 8-) ;-)

    I’ve always said that an actor’s personal life doesn’t affect why I would/would not see a film. Cruise is a nutcase but many of his films have been great. And I agree with Bill Blume, he should have gotten a nomination for “Last Samurai”.

  11. For the record, we did our script doctoring for free, because we love the movie.

  12. Hey Roberto,

    Have I mentioned I’m dying to see your damned Star Trek movie? :-P


  13. WHAT?!!
    Many script doctors have been making as much as $250,000 a week, for two-to-six week’s work on scripts and most of movies past 20 years were such craps & only few really histrically great ones ???? Maybe, it is time for slim down lazy & does not produce any great one to very talented, eager but dedicated script doctors to give a chances? Does anyone know that $250,000 a weeks is supposed to be reflect one’s past sales results histries & true public audiences reactions of the movies? Does anyone know why I’m not a writer? ’cause I can’t even write English! so, obviously I don’t get paid. It is that Simple. In this world finacial crisis economy, We don’t need people who is not really working but able to buy a multi million dollor houses & talking trashes. I’m not saying don’t even eat muffins at Wi-Fi coffee shop. Can they just produce any good scripts if they are getting paid?
    What are they? really? Trash talking micro-chips installed blow-up dolls with laptops at WIFI coffee shop constantly asking around relationships without working at every public places & pretending to be as a some kind of intellectual person who are flashing card of ” I’m a script writer & workin’ for the Movie industries…have you heard of this movie brah brah..? yes! That was end up as a crappy movie! lol but I ‘m still getting paid about $250,000 a week… you know what I mean?… ”
    Hey Now, That’s really crazy to me.