Accord to Variety, which seems get the scoop on such things, Tom's narrowed the huge pile of submissions down, and is considering one of a trio of projects as the possible follow up to what is bound to be the great success of Mission: Impossible III. Primary among three is the 3:10 to Yuma remake about which I was freaking out just yesterday. Cruise, who became interested in the film when Collateral scribe Stuart Beattie did a rewrite on the script, would play the Glenn Ford bad-guy part. Sigh. Also his radar are a pair of dramas: Two Minutes to Midnight, an Adrian Lyne project about a man who has to find his kidnapped wife by, yes, 11:58pm, and Fool's Gold (not, disappointingly, the one James Franco just directed), about "a divorced couple who rekindle romance during a treasure hunt." That title combined with that plot are just too easy to write nasty comments about - I'm no manager or anything, but I'd cross that one off the list right away.
Say what you want about Tom Cruise, but the man is a star. Who else makes news by just flipping through some scripts?