Tom Cruise, similar to Liam Neeson, has focused almost exclusively on action/thriller roles for much of the past decade, after years of working as a character actor in a broader range of material. However, seeing as that has led Cruise to make such fine genre movies as Valkyrie, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow, and most recently Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, it's hard to complain too much about the actor's recent career trajectory.
Part of Cruise's success can be attributed to his fine choice in the directors that he collaborates with, including Oscar-winners Brad Bird and Christopher McQuarrie, as well as lauded filmmakers like Bryan Singer and Doug Liman. The latter in particular has become one of Cruise's preferred collaborators, as Liman and Cruise have already started planning their third project together.
Variety is reporting that Cruise has joined Liman in developing the sci-fi action movie Luna Park, with the intention (currently) being that Cruise will end up headlining the film. The project is one that Liman has been working on for years, with such actors as Chris Evans and Andrew Garfield having circled the lead role at different points in pre-production. However, due to the projected high cost for the film in its earlier incarnation (over $100 million), co-financiers Skydance Pictures and Paramount Pictures halted development before filming could begin; if Cruise agrees to star, though, odds are both studio investors will be willing to green-light the project again.
Cruise and director Edward Zwick will begin shooting the sequel Jack Reacher 2 by November 2015, in order to make an October 2016 release date; while nothing is set in stone yet, Cruise has voiced his intent to get Mission: Impossible 6 into production not too long thereafter, possibly as soon as Summer 2016. Some fans have voiced a desire to see Liman join the growing line of director who have put their own unique spin on the Mission: Impossible movie series (with its sixth installment), but it sounds like both he and Cruise have other plans for the time being.
Variety says the Luna Park script revolves around "a group of renegade employees who venture to the moon to steal an energy source." That reads like something in Liman's wheelhouse as a storyteller, as he tends to oscillate from high concept-driven genre fare (see: The Bourne Identity, Jumper, Edge of Tomorrow) to political/dramatic material (Fair Game, Reckoning with Torture). Liman's second film with Cruise, the true story-based crime drama/thriller Mena, is now in post-production, and it appears that the pair are interested in moving back into smart genre entertainment territory (with Luna Park), with their third collaboration.
Cruise and Liman have already proven to be a formidable team, though, so a space heist adventure like Luna Park reads as being a project with all the more potential to be something memorable, in their hands. That Edge of Tomorrow sequel idea that Cruise has supposedly cooked up might never become a reality on the big screen, but this new Liman film sounds like an appropriate choice to take its place... assuming that's the plan now.
We'll bring you more information on Luna Park when we have it. Meanwhile, Mena is currently set to reach theaters on January 6th, 2017.