We're starting to get excited about the release of 'Jack Reacher.' Sure, this December has some hotly anticipated films like 'Django Unchained' and 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' but after last year's 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' we're happy to spend two hours watching Tom Cruise in action.
Last we heard about 'All You Need Is Kill' -- otherwise known as Tom Cruise's attempt to prove he's "down" with the 'Avengers' and 'Dark Knight' sci-fi actioner crowd -- Bill Paxton was said to be in talks to board the Doug Liman film, which already featured Emily Blunt. Now the latest news comes in the form of a first look photo of Tom Cruise looking like one of the soldiers from the 'Halo' games.
'Top Gun 2' was once a high priority at Paramount with Tom Cruise and director Tony Scott all set to return - some 25 years later - to classic 80s hit. A script was written and the studio head even said he expected that 'Top Gun 2' would happen before 'Mission: Impossible 5' but now that plans look to have come screeching to a halt and 'Top Gun 2' is grounded for good.
Another 'Mission: Impossible' film once looked like it might never happen. After Tom Cruise's well-publicized couch-jumping era, Paramount ended their deal with Cruise and issued a statement saying, "His recent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount." The studio wanted to reboot the franchise with a younger star to take over for Cruise (enter: Jeremy Renner) but 'Ghost Protocol' was a big hit and now Cruise is talking about returning 'Mission: Impossible 5' and even a "bunch" more installments.
Just one day before director Tony Scott tragically leapt to his death off a Los Angeles bridge, Tom Cruise was at the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nevada doing research for his role in 'Top Gun 2.' But with Scott gone, will Cruise and Paramount proceed with their big sequel?
Although the following paragraphs will essentially be a report about some pretty standard movie industry going-ons, it's also a nice look at the interesting variety of projects that Universal has on its plate. Sure, the meat of the story here is that the studio has set release dates for 'Oblivion,' 'Rush' and 'Mama,' but can you think of three projects that sound more different and involve such talent?