After Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol reinvigorated the action franchise four movies in and grossed $694 million globally, it was obvious that Tom Cruise would once again do some vertigo-inducing stunt work in a fifth turn as Ethan Hunt. The big question then became just who would become the fifth Mission: Impossible movie director.
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions may just have figured that out, as Christopher McQuarrie is reportedly the top choice to handle Mission: Impossible 5.
A sequel to Top Gun has, for the last year or so, been one of those improbable, decades-later sequels that was actually on track to happen in the near. Paramount Pictures and the principal players behind the 1986 action sensation were all duly psyched about returning Maverick and Iceman to the skies to continue their intensely homoerotic rivalry in an age drone warfare. While a 3D re-release of the original Top Gun is still looking likely for early next year, Top Gun 2 is no longer a possibility, it seems.
After hitting a series low in the midst of its star's overexposure with Mission: Impossible III, the franchise based on a series seemingly none of its audience has seen hit an upswing with last year's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. As Tom Cruise prepares to attempt another franchise launch with December's Jack Reacher, he's talking vaguely about the next adventure of Ethan Hunt.
Yesterday brought the domestic poster for Jack Reacher, and in time-honored fashion, Paramount and Skydance have now released the second trailer for the action-thriller starring Tom Cruise.
The domestic one-sheet for Jack Reacher stands revealed, and it utilizes one my very favorite poster tropes. It's the presence of an otherwise arbitrary pistol in the hero's hand to signify for the audience that a movie does indeed contain action, action with guns.
David Oyelowo is one busy actor! The British thespian, who is best known for his roles in acclaimed movies like The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Help, has not one but FOUR major movies opening in theaters before the end of the year.
Last week saw the opening of The Paperboy from director Lee Daniels (Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire), which features Oyelowo along with an all-star cast that includes Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, and Nicole Kidman. Next month audiences will be able to see the actor in Steven Spielberg’s biopic Lincoln, opposite Daniel Day Lewis as the former President. Finally, in December he’ll appear in Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, which is a big screen adaptation of the popular novel One Shot. But first, Oyelowo can be seen in the new drama Middle of Nowhere, which opens in theaters on October 12th.
Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, the film centers on Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) who dropped out of med school in order to focus on her husband Derek’s (Omari Hardwick) well being while he’s incarcerated. When Derek betrays Ruby in prison, she begins a relationship with a lonely bus driver named Brian (Oyelowo). Together they give each other newfound hope, which allows them to temporarily escape their desperate lives. In addition to Oyelowo, Hardwick (The A-Team), and newcomer Corinealdi, the cast also includes Lorraine Toussaint (Hudson Hawk), Maya Gilbert (Pirates of Ghost Island), and Sharon Lawrence (TV’s NYPD Blue).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with David Oyelowo about his work on Middle of Nowhere, as well as The Paperboy, Lincoln, and Jack Reacher. The talented actor discussed his new film, his initial reaction to first reading the script, which role he was attracted to most, Brian and Ruby’s unusual relationship, his on screen chemistry with Corinealdi, The Paperboy, collaborating with Steven Spielberg on Lincoln, how acting opposite Daniel Day-Lewis forced him to bring his A-game, why fans of the book will be pleased with Jack Reacher, and what he learned from working with Tom Cruise.
Paramount Pictures has released another official still from Jack Reacher, and since the movie stars Tom Cruise as the title character, you can bet your ass that Cruise is sporting a leather jacket in the image. It also provides a first look at Rosamund Pike as Helen Rodin, a defense lawyer who is Reacher's key ally in his attempt to solve a seemingly random Pittsburg sniper attack.
Paramount Pictures has livened up this Tuesday morning moderately by unveiling a new image from Jack Reacher, this winter's attempt to kickstart an action franchise adapting seventeen novels centered on the eponymous drifter and unparalleled cracker of skulls.
Less than a week after Paramount Pictures debuted our first look at Tom Cruise as the title character, a teaser trailer for Jack Reacher has been made available. It's pretty teasery, and spends most of its two minutes building up the indomitable hardass. To represent the primal, violent, unstoppable appeal of the character, this trailer extensively utilizes the deep growling of a 1970 Chevelle Super Sport. To make it absolutely clear that the hero is not to be f*cked with, it includes Reacher mercilessly turning a thug's crotch to mush.
Director Joseph Kosinski made his feature debut with TRON: Legacy, a big science fiction movie for Disney two years ago. Now, he's working on his sophomore feature, Oblivion, a big science fiction movie for Universal Pictures. Brewing even before the TRON sequel's release, Oblivion is currently in production starring Tom Cruise as a futuristic solider who gets mixed up in some serious shit. That's my summation of the story, but today Universal issued the first official plot synopsis for the movie, which is actually based on a comic book by Kosinski, Arvid Nelson, and Andree Wallin.