Tom Cruise seems like an unstoppable force these days. Riding high on the success of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the A-lister isn't resting on his laurels; Cruise has already begun filming the sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and the sixth Mission: Impossible film is expected to enter production in Summer 2016 Another big project, titled Luna Park, may follow thereafter for Cruise.
Cruise and director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) have been developing the Luna Park project for a while now. The film will reportedly follow a renegade crew of space workers who travel to the moon to get their hands on a secret energy source. Though little else is known about the project, Liman and Cruise have seemingly found their screenwriter - meaning the project may be ready to escape pre-production limbo at last.
Variety is reporting that screenwriter Jason Fuchs has signed on to pen a script draft for Luna Park - which could even begin filming prior to Mission: Impossible 6, if all parties can get behind it. If everything falls into place, Cruise would be set to jump directly from Never Go Back to this sci-fi movie in 2016.
Luna Park will be the second collaboration between Cruise and Liman, who previously struck sci-fi gold with Edge of Tomorrow in 2014. The actor and director clearly have a solid working relationship, which resulted in a film that was, to many minds, the best work either of them had produced in recent years. The prospect of their continuing relationship is certainly tantalizing, especially if they can recapture the unabashed fun of their previous collaboration.
Fuchs, meanwhile, is coming off of a disappointing showing with Pan, a film that was critically maligned and largely ignored by audiences. The glossy retelling of Peter Pan’s origins bombed at the box office, and might end up putting WB $150 million in the red. Fuchs, whose writing resume consists of Pan, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and a couple of TV movies, could use a hit. Luna Park may raise his profile, ahead of Wonder Woman (which Fuchs reportedly wrote) in 2017.
Still, Pan’s script was not the sole problem with the film, and an earlier version of the script was featured on 2013’s blacklist, which compiles the industry's favorite unproduced scripts (a distinction that scripts like American Sniper have held before). So clearly Fuchs has some talent - and with the weight of Cruise and Liman behind him, Luna Park could be just what he needs to get to the next level.
We'll bring you more information on Luna Park as it becomes available.