Back-to-Back Sci-Fi for Tom Cruise?
Mecha suit version of Groundhog Day!
Currently Tom Cruise is set to star in Horizons, previously known as Oblivion, based on a graphic novel by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. The plot is described as follows:
The story is set in post-apocalyptic Earth, where civilization lives above the clouds and scavengers illegally collect artifacts from the polluted and destroyed surface below. When one young scavenger discovers a crashed spacecraft planet side – and a beautiful women within he rejoices at the find. Little does he realize that his discovery will lead him to a journey filled with romance, adventure and unimaginable danger.
Afterwards the chances are apparently quite good that Cruise will follow it up with We Mortals Are, a project Warner Bros announced in April 2010, but seems certain to go ahead now with a major star such as Tom Cruise attached.
We Mortals Are will be directed by Doug Liman (Jumper, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and is based on a 200-page science fiction novel titled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. (Don’t be misled by the book cover. It is in fact a novel and not a manga or graphic novel.)
Wikipedia describes the plot as follows:
The story is told from the perspective of Keiji Kiriya, the protagonist, a new recruit in the United Defense Force which fights against the mysterious ‘Mimics’ which have laid siege to Earth. Keiji is killed on his first sortie, but through some inexplicable phenomenon wakes up having returned to the day before the battle, only to find himself caught in a time loop as his death and resurrection repeats time and time again. Keiji’s skill as a soldier grows as he passes through each time loop in a desperate attempt to change his fate.
So it’s a mecha suit version of Groundhog Day then? Mmm . . .
No-one has signed anything yet, but insiders say chances are good that Cruise will get aboard the project after recent talks with director Liman. One must however assume that all depends on how well the upcoming fourth Mission: Impossible flick will do at the box office. Cruise may be perpetually young (damn him!) but will audiences still accept him as an action hero? After all, he is pushing 50 . . .
(Does star power count for anything in Hollywood blockbusters anymore? Aren’t special effects the real stars nowadays? Just asking because of how both Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford couldn’t save Cowboys & Aliens at the box office.)