Top Gun: Maverick star Tom Cruise and the multi-award-winning director Steven Spielberg are reported to be collaborating for a new action movie. The two have worked together in a couple of films, namely Minority Report (2002) and War of the Worlds (2005).
Both were science fiction films based on popular novels. Minority Report was based on Philip K Dick’s book of the same name, while War of the Worlds was based on H.G. Wells’ novel.
Both films were box office hits. Minority Report earned $358.4 million with a $102 million budget. War of the Worlds earned $603.9 million with a $132 million budget. Because of this, many expected or even hoped that they would collaborate again.
Unfortunately, it was reported that Steven Spielberg had issues with Tom Cruise’s behaviour while War of the Worlds was being promoted. Especially the famous moment in which Cruise was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show, and he jumped on her couch and stated talking about his girlfriend at the time, Katie Holmes.
This was escalated when Tom Cruise told the Today show to condemn Brook Shields for “irresponsible misinformation” about using antidepressants. This happened while promoting War of the Worlds which is said to have angered Spielberg.
Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg Working On A New Original Film
After decades of not working together, Giant Freakin Robot reports that the Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise is collaborating again with Steven Spielberg. In the report, it’s said that it is an original action film titled Nomad which will be produced under Universal and Amblin Entertainment.
While no details have been revealed about what Nomad would be. It won’t be a surprise if they do make another science fiction film together. But then again, Spielberg has done everything from war films, horror, fantasy, historical dramas, adventure, and so much more. Right now, it could be anything.
Tom Cruise seems to be busy looking for a new franchise or projects, as the Mission Impossible franchise is set to end after the eighth film. Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One and Part Two were both filmed back to back, and both are already going through post-production. So far, nothing is officially lined up for Cruise after the last Mission Impossible film.
We reported earlier that Cruise is already working with Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski on a sequel to Oblivion (2013).
Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg Collaborating Again
Why the sudden change? Cruise’s film Top Gun: Maverick was a box office hit and it exceeded all expectations. The film earned $1.493 billion worldwide from a budget of $170 million. The film brought people back to the cinemas. Spielberg told Cruise during the Oscars nominees luncheon party last February:
You saved Hollywood’s a***, and you might have saved theatrical distribution.
While there are a handful of other films that also have done the same during the pandemic, all of them are franchises which had a long following of fans. Top Gun: Maverick only had one film to hold on to, which was released back in 1986. It didn’t even have a book. Top Gun was based on an article titled “Top Guns” written by Ehud Yonay back in 1983 for California magazine.
Spielberg’s recent films, which were released during the pandemic, are West Side Story (2021) and The Fabelmans (2022). While they are multi-award-winning films, both are considered box office flops. The last film he released before the pandemic hit was Ready Player One (2018) which was very successful.
We are excited to see Cruise and Spielberg work together again. They felt like a good match before they had their reported feud. We’re just glad that that is over, and we can hope that they do get to make a project together soon.
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