Tom Cruise will re-team with his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman to develop LUNA PARK. The sci-fi action-adventure script has been rewritten by numerous scribes over the years, including Liman, Mark Bowden, Ken Nolan and most recently Simon Kinberg. The film is being set up at Paramount, and Liman is also set to direct.
The story centers on a renegade group of former space employees, led by an Eastern European woman. The rebels travel the world, stealing space equipment in an attempt to go back to the moon to acquire a powerful energy source. The last item to steal–or in this case, kidnap–is an ex-NASA employee.
The project, which has been in development since 2009, has had a rotating cast of A-listers attached to the lead, including Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Andrew Garfield and Jake Gyllenhaal.
But with Cruise on board to produce, he’s obviously considered the front-runner for the role, assuming he can find time between shooting Jack Reacher 2 and the recently announced Mission: Impossible 6 (news broken by The Tracking Board).
As for the female lead, Zoe Saldana was previously attached to the role, and Cruise’s involvement could secure her casting.
Luna Park–formerly known as Luna and Giant Leap–will mark the third collaboration between Cruise and Liman. The pair recently wrapped production on their second film together, the 1980s-set drug-runner flick Mena. Although Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow underperformed at the box office, it was universally praised as a smart, sci-fi adventure, with Cruise delivering one of his best performances in years as a cowardly soldier forced to do deadly battle with aliens–over and over again.
Cruise is repped by CAA.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer
This story was first reported by Variety.