With Tom Cruise back on top of the box office with last month’s Oblivion, it is now officially confirmed that he will be making a sequel to his highest-grossing film of all time, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
The fourth in the spy franchise, Ghost Protocol was directed by Brad Bird and grossed more than $700 million worldwide. Naturally, a fifth film has been widely rumored since then. Now, Cruise is officially set to make the film, though a director and writer have not yet been chosen.
The Mission: Impossible franchise has featured very different directors for each outing, with their differing styles being a highlight of the series. As such, it will be interesting to see who Cruise finds for this project. Rumor has it that his Jack Reacher director, Christopher McQuarrie, could be tapped for the gig. McQuarrie’s next project, however, will be a remake of the 1968 Cold War thriller Ice Station Zebra.
It seems Jack Reacher, based on the novel series by Lee Child, could be getting a sequel of its own, based on a $216 million worldwide gross on a $60 million budget. But in the meantime, Cruise will next appear in Doug Liman‘s sci-fi war movie All You Need is Kill, due for release March 7, 2014, and is set to star opposite The Lone Ranger‘s Armie Hammer in a big-screen adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Tom Hiddleston is in early talks to headline a remake of The Crow for Relativity Media. The Avengers villain would play Eric Draven, a man who returns from the grave to avenge his own death, who was portrayed by Brandon Lee in the original film. Lee was famously killed when he was accidentally shot on the set of The Crow. The remake is being directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall). [The Wrap]
2013 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for science fiction, probably the biggest since 2009 brought us heavy-hitters like Avatar, District 9, Moon and Star Trek. Major sci-fi releases this year will include J.J. Abrams‘ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot Man of Steel, Neill Blomkamp‘s D-9 followup Elysium, Iron Man 3, World War Z, Ender’s Game, and Guillermo del Toro‘s monsters-vs-robots extravaganza Pacific Rim, among many others.
Two of the sci-fi juggernauts vying for your theater bucks are Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, and After Earth, featuring Will Smith. Both are big-budget future tales involving a major box office star returning to Earth after humanity was forced to abandon the planet, only to find something sinister at work. Which of these movies looks to be more worth our time? Let’s size them up – Flickchart-style, head-to-head – and find out.
Tom Cruise is attached to star in Yukikaze, an adaptation of a series of Japanese sci-fi novels by author Chohei Kamayashi. The plot centers around a planetary defense force fighting back against an alien invasion, using a wormhole over Antarctica to set up bases on the aliens’ planet. The novels have previously been adapted into a series of direct-to-video anime movies. Produced by Warner Bros., the movie will continue a bit of a sci-fi streak for Cruise: Currently starring in Oblivion, his next project is director Doug Liman‘s alien war movie All You Need Is Kill, currently slated for a March 4, 2014 release. [Heat Vision]
Taste is subjective, and the Flickchart community is reminded of this every time we’re confronted by our choices. There are, however, some films almost universally damned and have been since they were released. In fact, some of them have been unpopular since before they were released. We’ve known for ages that a trusted critic’s star-rating or blurb review in the local paper can sway moviegoers, but what about the films who were condemned before anyone ever saw them?