Sam Raimi And Tom Cruise Pair Up For Comic Book Adaptation

19 08 2008

How Tom Cruise continues to be a bankable star in Hollywood, I’ll never know, but I do know that, with the exception of Spider-Man 3, Sam Raimi is a pretty trustworthy guy when it comes to adapting comic book material. The new project that is bringing the two together is an adaptation of a comic called Sleeper.

From SlashFilm:

‘Written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips, the story follows a covert “sleeper” operative named Holden Carver (aka The Conductor), who is fused with an alien artifact that makes him not only impervious to pain , but also able to pass it along to others through skin contact. Carver has been placed undercover in a villainous organization led by TAO (a WildC.A.T.s villain from Alan Moore’s run). But when the only guy who knows that he is an undercover agent goes into a coma, Carver must question right and wrong, as he falls and for a member of the group while rising through he ranks.’

I haven’t actually read the comic series, but based on the synopsis, it seems like an interesting concept and should work well in movie form. I’ll be able to really make a decision once a trailer is released and since filming hasn’t even started yet, we’ve got a while.


Tom Cruise To Reprise Role In ‘Top Gun’ Sequel

22 07 2008

There was a time when the 80s were 20 years ago. I vaguely remember it. Now, thanks to some kind of tear in the fabric of the universe, we’ve been revisited by some of the classic movies from that decade: Rocky Balboa, Rambo, Indiana Jones, soon-to-be Beverly Hills Cop, and finally, Top Gun. Word on the street is there is a Top Gun sequel in the works. According to the Sun newspaper, Top Gun 2 will focus on Maverick as a flight instructor who is faced with the challenge of controlling a hot-shot female pilot. What a surprise.

While I love each of these 80s franchises, I hate that studios are trying to reanimate them for a new generation of movie goers especially since all of them have more or less sucked. I say it’s time to stop living in the past and let sleeping dogs lie. The last thing I really think is necessary is a sequel to Top Gun. I’ve shed my tears for Goose and now I’m out of tissues and ready to move on. If anything, Tom Cruise should be looking for something to uplift his career to offset all of the bad PR he’s been getting, not something that will reinforce it. I don’t think he’s a bad actor. He just needs to make some smarter choices. All I can say is I hope I don’t hear about a Magnolia spin-off chronicling the adventures of Frank T.J. Mackey.