Tom Cruise’s Next Sci-Fi Film Will Take Him to the Moon

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Tom Cruise’s next sci-fi project may take him to outer space. The actor is reportedly set to reteam with his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman on the long-in-the-works feature film, Luna Park.

According to Variety, Cruise has signed on to help Liman develop the sci-fi action movie, which has long since been a passion project for the filmmaker. The actor is also eyeing to star in the film, although it’s still early on in the development process and a deal hasn’t officially been confirmed yet.

While specific plot details haven’t been revealed yet, we do know that Luna Park centers on a group of renegade employees who venture to the moon to steal an energy source. The movie has been in development limbo for quite some time. It was previously greenlit by Paramount in 2011, with actors Chris Evans and Andrew Garfield circling the lead. But the project was forced to halt production, due to budgetary issues. Now, it looks like it’s getting back off the shelf, this time with Cruise.

It’s unclear whether Skydance and Paramount will still play a part with the film this time around. As Variety points out though, both companies have a longstanding relationship with Cruise, following the hugely successful Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation and the upcoming Jack Reacher sequel. Given their history, it seems likely that the studio will get behind this project once again.

Luna Park will mark the third collaboration between Cruise and Liman. The two previously worked together on the futuristic action flick Edge of Tomorrow. The film proved to be sleeper hit upon its debut last summer, grossing more than $369 million worldwide against a $178 million budget. The two also joined forces for the upcoming drug cartel film Mena, which is currently set to hit theaters on January 6, 2017.

Cruise is known for being particular about the directors he works with, so the fact that he’s willing to join forces with Liman again is a testament to how successful their previous collaborations have been, as well as how strong their relationship is. Whether Luna Park will mark another hit for them remains to be seen, but if their past work together is any indication, audiences should expect another strong entry into the sci-fi entry.

For Cruise, the project is coming at a good time. The actor proved he is still a box office draw with this summer’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which has earned the studio $512.5 million and counting. The sequel’s success has already spurred the studio to green light a sixth installmet of the franchise.

If Cruise does close a deal to star in Luna Park, the film likely won’t start production until late next year. The actor already has a pretty packed schedule. Jack Reacher 2 is currently in pre-production and is expected to hit theaters in October 2016. Meanwhile, Mission Impossible 6 is reportedly scheduled to kick off production next summer. If the project stays on track, Luna Park will likely hit the big screen sometime in 2017.

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