With MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL opening later this month, Tom Cruise certainly isn't resting on his laurels. He's got Christopher McQuarrie's ONE SHOT shooting now, with Cruise playing Lee Childs' popular character Jack Reacher, and after that should be Joseph Kosinski's (TRON: LEGACY) epic science fiction film OBLIVION. After that, it's possible that Cruise will sign onto Doug Liman's next film, also science fiction, called ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, according to Variety. Catchy title.
The plot of ALL YOU NEED IS KILL is pretty high-concept - a future soldier must relive the day he dies in combat over and over until he gets it right (assuming right is that he doesn't get killed). Shades of GROUNDHOG DAY to be sure. The movie is based off the book by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and word is that the script is pretty great. Doug Liman is a director that can make a movie like this, and I think it's wonderful that Cruise is exploring the genre more. I'm still a big fan of MINORITY REPORT and his work in it, and WAR OF THE WORLDS was also terrific. I hate to admit it but the years are getting long and I'd imagine Cruise is trying to get as many big projects under his belt that he can.
As far as MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL goes, I'm going to see this on the biggest IMAX screen I can find, if for nothing else to see the opening minutes of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Nordling, out.