The first pic competing for Cruise's attention is the drama The Ha-Ha for Warner Bros, adapted by Chuck Leavitt from the novel by Dave King. In the pic, Cruise would play a mute Gulf War vet who is forced to take care of a 9-year old when his mother disappears. The next possible choice for Cruise is the indie political drama Lions For Lambs, written by Matthew Carnahan, which tells the story of a platoon of U.S. soldiers and what happens to them in Afghanistan. Cruise would play a U.S. Congressmen in the film investigating said platoon. Additionally, Robert Redford seems likely to direct the pic and may co-star as well. Plus, Meryl Streep is currently in talks to join the cast playing a reporter working either with, or against, Cruise's character.
Cruise's third potential gig is the film Selling Time for Fox which tells the story of a man who because he wants to go back and re-live the worst day of his life, hopefully making it better, must sell other parts of his life to anyone who wants them. This horror-thriller is being written and directed by Spike Lee and reportedly Lee has met with Cruise about the project several times, trying to get him to commit.
All in all, three pretty interesting choices. If I were Tom Cruise, I would pick either Spike Lee's joint Selling Time or Robert Redford's Lions for Lambs. These two films seem better, story-wise, and Cruise would definitely benefit from working with directors who have a strong vision like Lee or Redford. Really, either film would probably be a good choice for Cruise given the material and other elements involved.
But I guess if I had to pick one or the other, I would probably go with Spike Lee because he's an extremely talented director who's proven he can handle material like this -- especially with his recent and very well done Inside Man. Plus, I think Cruise and Lee would work well together and something interesting would come out of their pairing. So there you go Tom, problem solved.
How about you? What do you think Cruise's next film should be?