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Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography is underway in Georgia on director Doug Liman’s “international escapade” Mena. The film reunites Liman with his Edge of Tomorrow star Tom Cruise as it tells the true story of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history. Liman had this to say about his interest in the source material: “I love stories of improbable heroes working against the system, and Barry Seal took the government, and our country, for an unbelievable ride. Interpreting his story has the makings for an entertaining film that is equal parts satire, suspense and comedy—and always surprising.” [caption id="attachment_217084" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Paramount Pictures[/caption] Gary Spinelli penned the initial draft of the script, but Universal’s press release does not have final screenwriting credits. Liman is known for finding his way as he goes throughout production, »
- Adam Chitwood
Franchise fatigue? Not for Ethan Hunt. Despite the fact Rogue Nation isn’t due to hit theaters until July 31 – bumped from its initial Christmas release – Paramount is allegedly pushing ahead with Mission: Impossible 6.
That’s according to Tracking Board, who published a report stating that the studio is already drafting up ideas for another installment in the spy series, likely bringing back the likes of Tom Cruise et al. for another globe-trotting mission. TB continues to note that Cruise will once again produce the as-yet-unconfirmed sequel, reuniting with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Productions.
Mind you, it’s worth taking this tidbit with a grain of salt – and even holding that for a closer inspection, too – considering that Tracking Board doesn’t divulge much in terms of concrete details. Nevertheless, ever since Brad Bird’s Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible as a franchise has been on the up and up, »
- Michael Briers
The wait between Mission: Impossible II and III was roughly six years. It took around five years for Ghost Protocol to come after the last installment. Now, less than four years after Brad Bird's film does Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation come to the screen. In descending fashion, though, it looks like the wait between July 31's new movie and Mission: Impossible VI will be even shorter, as plans to make the Tom Cruise sequel apparently are already happening. No confirmation has come from the studio yet, and none of the stars are attached if this is true, but The Tracking Board has the exclusive on the sequel news. J.J. Abrams, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Cruise would all return to produce, as they did for the last three installments, with Don Granger and Matt Grimm attached as executive producers and Elizabeth Raposo to oversee development. Additionally, it's expected »
- Will Ashton
According to The Tracking Board, Paramount, Bad Robot and Skydance Productions are already in early development on Mission: Impossible 6, which will see Cruise returning to produce alongside DaviD Ellison, Dana Golberg and J.J. Abrams.
See Also: Watch the trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The site reports that “none of the cast members are officially set, but the team ensemble is expected to return, having been on board for the first two installments of the somewhat rebooted new trilogy.”
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is set for release on July 31st, with Christopher McQuarrie directing Cruise alongside fellow franchise veterans Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames and new additions Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Alec Baldwin »
- Gary Collinson
Could a sixth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series already be in the works?
The Tracking Board reports that Paramount is wasting no time in keeping the momentum of its "Mission: Impossible" franchise going with a follow-up to this coming July's fifth film "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" said to already be in development.
- Garth Franklin
Jack Reacher may not have been the biggest hit of Tom Cruise's career, but it grossed a cool $218m at the box office off a $60m budget. That got it over the sequel line, should all concerned want to make one.
And now they do.
Tom Cruise is set to return as Reacher in a new adventure that's going to be based on the most recent of author Lee Child's novels, Never Go Back. This time though, Christopher McQuarrie - who's currently putting the finishing touches to this summer's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation - won't be directing. Instead, we now learn that the job has gone to Ed Zwick.
It wasn’t quite a foregone conclusion but Tom Cruise and Paramount have ploughed ahead with development on a sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher. It’s now looking like Cruise’s frequent collaborator (and Reacher/Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director) Christopher McQuarrie won’t be back for the new film, with Deadline reporting that Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are in talks to sign on behind the camera instead.If the deal is hammered out, it would reunite Cruise with the creative team behind The Last Samurai, with Zwick taking the director’s chair and working on the script with Herskovitz. Given McQuarrie’s busy schedule on Rogue Nation (which is now set to arrive in cinemas on July 30), he hasn’t had the necessary time to devote to Reacher, and Paramount had Equalizer writer Richard Wenk working on a script, which the new duo will rewrite. McQuarrie isn't going to be completely hands-free, »
This will be a reunion for Zwick and Cruise, who previously collaborated on the Academy Award-nominated war film The Last Samurai in 2003.
His deal with Paramount could also include the hiring of Last Samurai co-writer Marshall Herskovitz to work with him on Never Go Back as well.
Tom Cruise is set to re-team with his ‘Last Samurai’ director Edward Zwick for the follow-up to his extremely successful Jack Reacher adaptation, which was released in 2012. Zwick, along with Marshall Herskovitz, will rewrite the screenplay by Richard Wenk.
The new film will be based on the novel ‘Never Go Back’ by Lee Child, which sees Reacher head back to his old military base in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested, and Reacher finds himself being charged with pummeling one guy and fathering a child with a woman. He can’t remember either transgression but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force.
Christopher McQuarrie directed the first movie, which grossed over $210 million worldwide and he will return to executive produce.
Zwick has a host of critically acclaimed credits to his name, »
- Paul Heath
Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are reteaming with their The Last Samurai star Tom Cruise to tackle a Jack Reacher sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Paramount and Skydance are behind the new installment, which will continue the adventures of a former military police officer who continues to help people out. Reacher is an adaptation of a line of books by Lee Child, and the first installment proved to be a sleeper hit when it was released December 2012. (It grossed $80 million domestic and $218 million worldwide on a reported budget of $60 million.) Christopher McQuarrie wrote and
- Borys Kit
Now they have my attention. It's being reported by Deadline that Paramount and Skydance are looking to hire Edward Zwick (aka Ed Zwick) for the in-development Jack Reacher sequel, which will once again star Tom Cruise. Based on Lee Child's book series, the first film followed Cruise as Jack Reacher being framed for killing innocent people, and was directed by Christopher McQuarrie. While McQuarrie has since moved on to direct Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, he will still be executive producing this. Cruise will return for Jack Reacher 2 with Zwick at the helm, directing a script by Richard Wenk that will be revised by Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz before they start filming. A few more details on this next one found below. Early word is that Jack Reacher 2 will be based on the book Never Go Back, published in 2013. "Reacher heads back to his old military base in »
- Alex Billington
Though prospects of a sequel to Jack Reacher looked dim, it’s now being reported that Paramount is indeed looking to get Tom Cruise behind the wheel of Reacher’s Chevelle once more, and are looking at The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond director Ed Zwick to make it happen.
According to Deadline, Zwick is currently in negotiations with the studio and Skydance to take the reins of the fledgling franchise. The 2012 film was directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and though everyone wanted him back for the sequel, he’s been busy dangling Cruise off of an airplane for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
As previously rumored, the sequel will be based on the Lee Child Jack Reacher novel Never Go Back, which was published in 2013. In it, Reacher heads back to Virginia for a date with a woman who’s now the commanding officer of his old military base. But by the time he gets there, »
- James Garcia
The last we heard anything about sequel to the modestly performing "Jack Reacher" was that Paramount had put the movie on the "fast track." That was in 2013. But it seems engines are revving for the vigilante drifter to get back on the big screen, and the project now has a director. Deadline reports that the movie will mark the reunion between "The Last Samurai" director Ed Zwick and that film's star, Tom Cruise. It's interesting to note that Christopher McQuarrie—who wrote and adapted the first film, and has been Cruise's go-to writer for the past little while (also penning "Valkyrie" and "Edge Of Tomorrow") — doesn't appear to be involved. Could those rumors of rewrites and possible problems about the ending of "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation" have had some merit? The filmmaker denied it but it does make one wonder. At any rate, Richard Wenk ("The Equalizer") penned the the first draft of the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paramount grossed $218 million worldwide from 2012’s “Jack Reacher,” directed by Christopher McQuarrie from his own script and based on the Lee Child series. The sequel will be based on Child’s “Never Go Back,” in which Reacher travels from South Dakota to the Virginia headquarters of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps and finds his new commanding officer has been arrested.
- Dave McNary
According to Deadline, Edward Zwick is the latest name to be attached to Jack Reacher 2, Paramount's planned sequel to Christopher McQuarrie's Tom Cruise-starring action romp that was highlighted by a rare on-screen performance by Werner Herzog. Both Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, who wrote both Love & Other Drugs and The Last Samurai for Zwick, are in talks to re-write Richard Wenk's script for Jack Reacher 2, with Zwick presumably taking directorial duties for the film when all is said and done. It's an interesting direction for Zwick, who has spent most of his career making overtly sentimental period pieces that often garner quite a lot of interest around Oscar season, and could reveal a new side of the director's competent style. Many of Zwick's films involve action but they are all marked more by his fascination with heroics and humanism, which has had a long history of »
- Chris Cabin
Despite only grossing $80 million domestically, critics seemed to like Tom Cruise as the titular character in Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher. We have heard rumblings of a sequel for a while now but it has been fairly quiet since McQuarrie and Cruise have been making Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Now, the heat on Jack Reacher is picking up again with a potential director named as well. Deadline reports that The Last Samurai's Ed Zwick is being brought in to write a »
- Alex Maidy
Tom Cruise may be reteaming with The Last Samurai team of Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for a Jack Reacher sequel, now that Paramount and Skydance have entered into negotiations with the pair to rewrite a script by Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) adapted from the Lee Child novel Never Go Back. If a deal is made, Zwick will also sit behind the camera on what’s being tentatively called Jack Reacher 2.
Though it was first believed that a sequel to the 2012 actioner was a no-go given underwhelming box office receipts, it was later revealed that Paramount and Skydance were planning to use Never Go Back as the source material. Everyone wanted Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie to return to take the reins, but he was too busy in post-production on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (also with Cruise) to commit to anything. And so, the studios started looking elsewhere.
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Paramount and Skydance are in negotiations with The Last Samurai team of Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz to rewrite Richard Wenk’s script for Jack Reacher 2, the follow-up to the 2012 Tom Cruise-starrer that made $218.3M worldwide and $80M-plus domestic. Christopher McQuarrie wrote and directed the original, based on the Lee Child novel series. The plan is to have Zwick direct the sequel, and Cruise is already poised to return for a second go-round. Wenk (The… »
Tom Cruise will reunite with his "The Last Samurai" director Ed Zwick and writer Marshall Herskovitz for the upcoming sequel to the 2012 "Jack Reacher" movie at Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.
The first film was an adaptation of Lee Child's "One Shot," the tenth of around twenty novels so far which focus on the popular Jack Reacher character, a former major in the U.S. Military Police Corps who quit and now roams America taking odd jobs and investigating suspicious situations.
Though Cruise is physically very different to the character, the film received generally good reviews and pulled in $218 million worldwide from a modest $57 million budget along with proving a good money spinner in ancillary markets.
Herskovitz will pen a new draft of the script which was previously worked on by Richard Wenk ("The Equalizer"). Zwick will direct the film with Cruise already set to return as Reacher. Filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, »
- Garth Franklin
Director George Miller's films are notorious for one thing: tyre-screening, metal-crunching, gear-shifting car chases. To mark Max's comeback, Digital Spy takes a look at some of cinema's greatest ever vehicular pursuits below...
1. Bullitt (1968)
Tearing through San Francisco in a Ford Mustang 390 Gt, Steve McQueen pretty much re-wrote the rule book when it comes to movie car chases in his '60s classic Bullitt. Nobody has looked this cool behind the wheel on the big screen before or since.
2. The Italian Job (1969)
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