'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?
This week it was announced that Katie Holmes is divorcing Tom Cruise. The usual tabloid suspects jumped on it so quickly you'd wonder if there's some sort of press room offering free brunch and mimosas aboard that train wreck. But there was something a little too opportunistic happening -- posts about Cruise's career and the possible effects of this divorce on box office sales of 'The Master,' and even a magazine spread re-worked to appear as though it foretold the divorce. To all of which we say, seriously?
When Tom Cruise was cast as Jack Reacher in Christopher McQuarrie's adaptation of Lee Child's novel, 'One Shot' (which has since been retitled to 'Jack Reacher'), fans of the character were none too pleased. Written as a 6'5" man with a fifty inch chest and the ability to kill his foes with a single punch, Cruise seemed all kinds of wrong for Child's soldier-turned-drifter protagonist. With the arrival of a the first 'Jack Reacher' trailer, we can all see first hand how Cruise looks in the role.