Well, Tom Cruise is asking us to take him seriously again, by agreeing to star in a World War II thriller that he is also producing. It's going to be tough, especially with the grave subject matter, to watch this crazy egomaniac without rolling my eyes. But I have faith in director Bryan Singer, responsible for the excellent film The Usual Suspects and executive producer of Fox's "House." According to Variety:
The thriller is based on actual events, as German generals hatch a scheme to assassinate Adolph Hitler at the height of WWII. In subsequent meetings, Singer asked Cruise if he wanted to play a central role and he agreed Tuesday.
Cruise's UA partner Paula Wagner said, "I cannot think of a more perfect combination of creative elements for our second production."
Hmm... I can! Namely, a combination of "elements" that doesn't include Tom Cruise, perhaps. I wish I could get excited about this, since the director and script sound solid, but instead there's a grim feeling of dread creeping through my insides — and not in the thriller movie kind of way. What do you think of this news? Tom also has some other production projects underway, so
The Cruise and Wagner-led United Artists may also be set to acquire to rights to Youth Without Youth, Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in a decade. According to Variety:
Coppola adapted, produced and directed "Youth Without Youth" from the 1976 novel by Romanian-born religious historian Mircea Eliade. Coppola screened the film on Feb. 22 for friends in the Bay Area, including Carroll Ballard and George Lucas.
As much as Cruise gives me the creeps, he and Wagner seem to be snapping up some pretty cool projects, and at least Tom won't be starring in this one.