There is some good news and bad news for the upcoming fifth Mission: Impossible movie to report tonight. Unfortunately, it comes in the same line. Drew Pearce will be writing the first draft of the sequel production. Yes, that means Paramount has not even thought of a setup yet for the already greenlit M: I movie which undoubtedly needs to be really good or fans will completely ignore it.
The good side of this is that Pearce is an accredited writer coming off of Iron Man 3 which was more than capable (depending on who you ask.) The bad side of this is that he also was the man appointed by Warner Bros. to make a story for Sherlock Holmes 3. On that front, he completely failed to find a plot suitable of continuing that franchise, and perhaps more importantly, one that impressed Robert Downey, Jr.
That said, he has loads of time to figure this one out. Tom Cruise is set to film a number of projects (at least one that is set in stone) before returning to the shoes of Ethan Hunt. We will be sure to keep monitoring the situation as this could end up being a make or break moment for IMF.
The obvious has occurred. Tom Cruise signed on for a fifth Mission: Impossible movie today, suggesting the long in-development sequel (over a year from Ghost Protocol’s huge success) will finally get under way. No details are set up at this time, but that is because everything remains ‘hush hush’ so expect that memo to come at another time. All we know right now is Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie has been targeted for some time now to replace Brad Bird in the director’s chair. Bird, of course, is over at Disney now preparing the sci-fi blockbuster Tomorrowland that is to star George Clooney. Release on that is set for December 2014.
J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot will be producing once more alongside Cruise with a writer/director announcement to come shortly. Those deals are said to be getting finalized. This does bring up the question though as to whether the film’s setup is really determined or if those mentions in the press for the past year were merely empty-headed. I would assume the former which leads me to believe a script is already in hand awaiting rewrites and supporting cast deals are imminent. We look forward on hearing if Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg will return alongside their co-star from Ghost Protocol as both are now considered essential components to IMF–Impossible Mission Force.
Tom Cruise is not yet finished with his press tour for the country’s number one movie Oblivion. His new sci-fi film made a lot of coin worldwide already and is on pace to become another financial success starring the Mission: Impossible front man. He took a victory lap on Jay Leno this week which was left off the Tonight Show schedule prior to Monday–a surprise booking that most likely bumped a guest from the lineup. There was some good to come out of this appearance though as he was able to reunite with Emily Blunt who he filmed All You Need Is Kill with for release next March. Continue Reading
In more casting news this Wednesday evening, Armie Hammer of The Social Network, Mirror Mirror, and the upcoming Disney film The Lone Ranger has just been added to one heck of a movie. The actor has been cast opposite Tom Cruise in The Man from UNCLE which looks to finally be moving forward. Guy Ritchie is still set to direct for Warner Bros. although we are yet to see when filming will actually begin.
This is a project that has been in the works for some time. Based on the 1960′s television series of the same name, UNCLE’s plot follows two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement as they battle the evil forces of THRUSH.
Deadline is breaking tonight’s story where they say that WB has been trying to plow UNCLE through the system for quite a while. At one point, George Clooney was set to star for Steven Soderbergh before surgery made him exit the production. That was definitely some bummer news although it is hard to sympathize with settling for a Cruise/Hammer pairing particularly after the younger of the two looks to be one of Hollywood’s breakout stars this year.
There have not been many films this year that captured a stronger reaction than that of Oblivion. Universal’s latest sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise may have been a box office hit with $150 million in global ticket sales to date, but the pic is getting some terrible word of mouth from upset theater attendees who found the movie to be more derivative than most and lacking in the Morgan Freeman scenes responsible for capturing a third of the blockbuster’s audience.
CinemaScore, who I might sarcastically add has been deemed the universal barometer for whether or not audiences like a film, has given this one a B-. This is in contrast to last week’s release of 42 which found a rare A+. There does appear to be something to it though because the baseball movie only shed 34% in its second weekend despite a soft Friday night although that is a different story.
I am not exactly sure on whether this will change fan’s opinions of Tom Cruise as much as it might the feature’s director. Joseph Kosinski who helmed the equally polarizing Tron: Legacy less than three years ago is still yet to hit his forties and seems to be on track to make even more blockbuster-sized event releases in the coming decades.
It is unlikely he becomes a household name at this rate, but it is worth noting that he only co-wrote the script. He might still turn into a J.J. Abrams or something to that effect (Abrams was older and more experienced when he first took the reins of a full-on feature,) but the reality is the man’s prowess for making a $120 million movie look like a $240 million movie may not be enough to earn such notoriety particularly when the audience walks out of his latest effort citing at least five films that were stolen from.
The results are in for the weekend ending Sunday, April 21. Tom Cruise’s Oblivion did indeed win the period easily as Friday’s reports indicated. The pic ended up grossing $38.2 million for its three-day North American debut, adding to an even stronger ten-day total for the film’s foreign receipts thus netting a healthy $150 million global start. This effort cost Universal only $120 million despite looking far more expensive–something that can be attributed to having Joseph Kosinski at the helm. Oblivion is the director’s second feature film to date (Tron: Legacy being the first) and having succeeded wildly we can anticipate seeing a lot more of his blockbuster offerings in the years ahead. The same goes for Tom Cruise who has now led three hits in a row outside of Rock of Ages which he only supported.
- OBLIVION – $38.2 M / $38.2 M
- 42 – $18.0 M / $54.1 M
- THE CROODS – $9.5 M / $154.9 M
- SCARY MOVIE 5 – $6.3 M / $22.9 M
- GI JOE 2 – $5.8 M / $111.2 M
- THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES – $4.7 M / $11.4 M
- OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN – $4.5 M / $88.8 M
- EVIL DEAD – $4.1 M / $48.4 M
- JURASSIC PARK 3D – $4.0 M / $38.5 M
- OZ – $3.0 M / $223.8 M
Early returns are in for Oblivion, showing a gross of $1.1 million from over 1700 theaters. This is not exactly a movie many expected to play large in late night, but thanks to the increasingly popular 10 pm Thursday debuts we have been seeing, the sci-fi epic was able to kick off its domestic release in style. This is on par with what we saw with other number one openings that started north of $30 million, suggesting that will be the gross by Sunday evening. The only genre to find $1 million in overnights consistently and perform below that amount is horror.
This follows last weekend’s oversea rollout for the film that found over $60 million. Oblivion should easily reach profitability at a price tag of $120 million, fueling other studios to want more of its star Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski. Since Monday, reports have surfaced regarding both individuals. Cruise has joined an in-development sci-fi project based on a popular Japanese book called Yukikaze while Kosinski is set to develop a futuristic drama called Ballistic City for AMC.
Stay tuned for further updates throughout the weekend.
Tom Cruise is still out doing press for Oblivion. Last week he took to Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but Tuesday the actor showed up on The Daily Show where he promoted his latest from director Joseph Kosinski. The film already opened overseas this past weekend to over $60 million, putting the blockbuster-sized effort on pace for profitability and reasserting the actor’s viability as a leading man. Anything that comes out of the domestic marketplace is bonus by time Oblivion debuts here on Friday.
Oblivion releases into theaters nationwide on April 19.
Tom Cruise followed up last night’s stop by Jimmy Kimmel Live with an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. The actor is promoting his new sci-fi epic that releases one weekend from now. This is his first trip to the genre since War of the Worlds which was the Top Gun star’s highest-grossing film ever until Ghost Protocol came along two Decembers ago. If today’s interview seems oddly familiar, that is because Cruise’s last time on Late Night was four months ago to promote the release of Jack Reacher. Back then he play a game called Water War, this time he played Egg Roulette. Continue Reading
Tom Cruise started his press tour last night for Oblivion with a stop by Jimmy Kimmel. Tomorrow, he will visit Fallon on the East Coast (presumably for another round of water war,) but for now we pay attention to his latest appearance. Oblivion is a big budget sci-fi film I have been pimping for months now as it is Joseph Kosinski’s directorial follow-up to Tron: Legacy. Reviews are already flowing positively which is a great sign. Usually studios do not let critics weigh in so early if they know they are sitting on a dud. That said, stay tuned for even more coverage as the blockbuster epic nears release. Continue Reading
For those of you obsessed with the music behind Oblivion, this should be right up your alley. In what has to be close the tenth featurette for the film, released today is a look at the score by M83 whose music also anchored Joseph Kosinski’s previous (and first) film Tron: Legacy. As Kosinski puts it, he listened to M83 while writing the script for his latest sci-fi blockbuster and that definitely comes across in about every ounce of footage we have seen to date. Continue Reading
How about another Tom Cruise-led featurette for his new sci-fi film Oblivion? This one chronicles the stunt work he put in during the NY public library scene which can be seen in the film’s trailer. Director Joseph Kosinski shares his two cents as well, making this another good promotional video prospective theatergoers might want to check out. The movie opens next Friday where it is expected to lead the box office. Continue Reading
Tom Cruise and Gerard Butler were both on The Graham Norton Show this week, and much to our delight they both took part in a game of Wacky Wire. The two action stars were both on the program to promote their new films Oblivion and Olympus Has Fallen respectively. Quantum of Solace Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko was the third wheel as she co-stars opposite Cruise in the sci-fi adventure. This particular episode of Graham Norton will air April 11th on BBC America. Continue Reading
There have already been a number of featurettes for the big budget sci-fi release Oblivion, but now there are two more to gawk at. These cover the film’s Iceland-set production as well as the lengths director Joseph Kosinski went through to make this IMAX ready. Of course, the more interesting footage comes when talking about their filming location and all that it provides. You know that stadium scene? Yeah, that is just a big crater in Iceland. Continue Reading
Today brings us the latest in a long line of Oblivion featurettes which previously included nods to the bubble ship and sky tower. This one tackle the world that Joseph Kosinski created complete with Tom Cruise lavishing praise on the Tron: Legacy director. What will probably be the takeaway from this latest video though is that Kosinski admits to the conscious choice of making this a daytime-set adventure. He makes a good point when he says that sci-fi is way too dark nowadays. Continue Reading