Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie Are Planning Several Projects, With a Fan Favorite Character Returning

Tom Cruise continues to break records this summer with the blockbuster hit Top Gun: Maverick. The sequel has pulled in $1.3 billion at the box office and now claims 13th place in the all-time highest-grossing movies worldwide list, right between Black Panther and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Despite the historic film, Cruise is looking toward his future with three different projects with Christopher McQuarrie, according to reports from Deadline.

The duo is currently hatching ideas for their next original film, which may center on Les Grossman, Cruise’s character from the 2008 movie Tropic Thunder. Grossman is the overarching antagonist of the movie, serving as a foul-mouthed studio executive producing the titular film. He berates his subordinates throughout Tropic Thunder, and Cruise and McQuarrie believe there’s more room to explore with the franchise and character. However, Deadline says it’s unclear if they will create an entire movie around Grossman, or borrow him for inclusion in another project.

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McQuarrie and Cruise have a bit of experience together, as McQuarrie directed Jack Reacher, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. The pair are now working on Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, set to release on July 14, 2023. He’s also written the screenplays for several Cruise films, including Edge of Tomorrow, The Mummy, and Top Gun: Maverick.

The Deadline report also mentions the duo is working on an original song and dance-style musical. Cruise has been interested in the genre and learned to sing in Rock of Ages. McQuarrie and Cruise are also working on another original action film with the possibility of turning it into a franchise if the movie finds success. McQuarrie will write all three scripts in collaboration with Cruise.

Tom Cruise Will Head to Space Very Soon

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Tom Cruise is famous for his death-defying stunts, and he’s taken that role to new heights with one of his upcoming films. The movie remains untitled; however, the actor partnered with Elon Musk and SpaceX to make this idea a reality. Doug Liman is set to helm the film, with McQuarrie in the producer role. NASA and SpaceX are working together on the project to ensure the proper precautions are taking place while filming. Filming for the untitled movie is set to begin in 2023.

Universal is the studio behind the space film and have paired with SEE-1 (Space Entertainment Enterprise) that will dock with Axiom’s world-first commercial space station, Axiom Station. The station is a modular component of the International Space Station, meaning several scenes within the movie may be filmed on the ISS.

Cruise will set a precedent when he films in space for his forthcoming movie, and it’s just another example of the actor raising the bar when it comes to performing your own stunts.