Warners Shells Out the Big Bucks For New Tom Cruise Project

Dan Fogelman is one of the most successful screenwriters currently writing in Hollywood. He’s done a lot of huge animated movies like Cars, Bolt, and Tangled, and most recently he sold a script for the upcoming Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling vehicle Crazy, Stupid, Love. It was Warner Bros who paid 2.5 million for the rights to that film, and now they’ve won another bid to buy Fogelman’s next script. Reportedly for quite a bit of cheddar. This one sounds smaller and more character driven than what we’ve seen from Fogelman so far. It even has the usual, indie, ambitious person shamed into going back to their hometown story. This time the main character is a successful politician who has his life and career ruined by an affair that gets exposed by the media.

But, despite Fogelman’s success so far, maybe the biggest news about this project is that Tom Cruise is already attached to star. In an industry where the forward momentum of a project can live or die on its attachment to a brand name, that has to be seen as a big asset. Tom Cruise is one of the biggest name brands in Hollywood. Not even videotaped craziness and an attachment to a strange, probably evil religion can ruin this guy’s bulletproof nature at the box office. I mean, other than Knight and Day. That didn’t go so well for anybody. Finger crossed for this one though!

Source: Deadline Wichita

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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