There are so many projects that Tom Cruise is reported to be either considering or attached to, it's difficult to keep track. Cruise is currently working on the illustrated sci-fi novel adaptation All You Need Is Kill (which began filming two weeks ago) and will be working the press circuit to promote this December's Jack Reacher in the upcoming months.
Among the candidates that could become the actor's next starring vehicle are the Van Helsing reboot (with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders possibly taking the helm) and a fifth Mission: Impossible installment. Cruise has also been linked to MGM's remake of The Magnificent Seven, though it's not yet clear how substantial (or not) those reports are.
Variety is reporting that Cruise has now become loosely attached to headline Our Name Is Adam, which is based on a sci-fi spec script penned by T.S. Nowlin. The little-known screenwriter also devised the script for Agent 13 with Charlize Theron starring and Rupert Wyatt possibly directing in the foreseeable future (now that the latter has passed on helming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). Details on both sci-fi projects are being kept firmly under-wraps for the time being.
Our Name Is Adam would mark the third recent trip through sci-fi genre territory for Cruise, after Oblivion (which will hit theaters next year) and All You Need Is Kill. Moreover, the project is being produced by Mary Parent, who finished backing Guillermo del Toro's giant monsters vs. robots flick Pacific Rim earlier this year; she is now producing Darren Aronofsky's big-budget Biblical epic, Noah.
Cruise (who turned 50 over the summer) is at a point in his career where sooner, rather than later, he's going to have to transition away from the sort of physically-demanding action hero roles that he's made his bread-and-butter over the course of the past two decades. He's still able to deliver with these sorts of films, but it's starting to reach the point now where Cruise's characters just blur together (see the Jack Reacher teaser, for case in point). The actor could stand to mix things up a little more in the future, like he did this year with his memorable role as a strung-out rockstar in the musical Rock of Ages.
On the other hand, so long as Cruise keeps doing what he does best (and keeps moviegoers entertained), it's hard to knock his career choices too much. Not to mention, for all we know Our Name Is Adam could prove to be very different than your average Cruise-starring sci-fi action/thriller; we shall have to wait and see.
More on Our Name Is Adam as the story develops.