While Tom Cruise was out this week promoting his latest “Mission: Impossible” — lip syncing with Jimmy Fallon, joking with Jon Stewart, chatting up reporters on the red carpet — he also revealed some interesting tidbits about upcoming movies:
▪ He told Stewart he’s already working on a sixth “Mission: Impossible,” and shooting should begin next summer.
▪ He has an idea for a sequel to “Edge of Tomorrow,” his time-warp thriller co-starring Emily Blunt, but he won’t reveal more, says MTV. “It could be so much fun,” he said. “Gotta get Emily. I was like, ‘Emily, please.’ She was like, ‘Give me another year, please.’” The manga that the movie is based on, “All You Need Is Kill,” is also getting a sequel.
As Ant-Man, KC’s Paul Rudd got to be the hero and the funny guy. Which left co-star Michael Douglas, who plays his mentor, scientist Hank Pym, as the stodgy straight man. Next time, Douglas tells Yahoo, he wants in on the fun: “Paul and Adam (McKay’s) rewrite brought a lot more humor. I accused Paul of bringing a lot more humor to his character. Michael Pena can take care of himself. I on the other hand was left giving the exposition and the plot, which I was happy to do. In the next one I hope things get a little more bizarre.”
Getting the Shaft
“Shaft,” 1971’s classic blaxploitation thriller directed by Kansas native Gordon Parks and starring Richard Roundtree, is getting closer to another remake. Now it has a pair of screenwriters: “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and “The Goldbergs” executive producer Alex Barnow, reports Variety. John Singleton already directed a successful reboot in 2000, starring Samuel L. Jackson. That was 15 years ago; time for another one, right? Just so they use the original Isaac Hayes soundtrack.
▪ Chris Pine will play Steve Trevor, the love interest opposite Gal Gadot, in the stand-alone “Wonder Woman” movie in 2017, says The Wrap. First we’ll see W.W. in next year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
▪ Tommy Lee Jones is the latest to join Matt Damon in a fifth “Bourne” movie, reportedly playing a CIA boss, says Variety. Already on board: Alicia Vikander and Julia Stiles, with Paul Greengrass back to direct. It’s due next year.
| Sharon Hoffmann, firstname.lastname@example.org