Cruise Working Still With McQuarrie
Working relationships are the key to “making it” in Hollywood as I am sure many know. It looks like a solid working relationship formed with Valkyrie co-writer and producer Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise.
Variety reports that McQuarrie is currently working on three projects with Cruise, which is designed as potential star vehicles for the actor.
McQuarrie and Mason Alley are set to write Flying Tigers, centered on the volunteer fighter squadron created to help the Chinese fight the Japanese prior to the U.S. entering World War II.
Though Cruise isn’t officially attached the ace flier-actor has long sought to return to the skies, and several years ago was attached to The Few, a Paramount project about the first American pilots to battle Germans in WWII, with director Michael Mann and scribe John Logan.
Another project for McQuarrie is writing and producing with Guillermo del Toro the earlier announced United Artists project The Champions. McQuarrie is penning the script with a hope of driving it into a Cruise vehicle. The Champions is based on the British TV series. About a team of government agents rescued from a plane crash in the Himalayas by an advanced civilization and given superhuman abilities. Sounds like a franchise to me.
Finally, the Cruise-McQuarrie alliance with the most importance is espionage drama The Tourist. McQuarrie task is to rewrite for Cruise to star with Charlize Theron in the Bharat Nalluri-directed remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer.