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Wichita. Somewhere in Middle America.

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | May 28, 2009 |


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And now we move from crazy-cakes Nic Cage to the muffin-headed Tom Cruise. Cruise, who already had 12 irons in the fire and a team of screenwriters reworking scripts like a monkey on a typewriter for him, is zeroing in on an honest to God follow-up to Valkyrie. He's negotiating to star opposite Cameron Diaz in Wichita, an action-comedy in which he'll star as a secret agent man that pops in and out of the life of a single woman played by Diaz.

Whatever.

I'm just glad there's some comedy involved, and it was fantastic to see him take the cob out of his ass for last year's Tropic Thunder. And I don't know if it's because I stopped paying any attention to celebrity gossip, but is it possible that the tabloids have laid off of him? Is that fog of crazy finally lifting? Could Tom Cruise become a respected actor again?

Who knows. But he's got the right principals involved in Wichita. James Mangold will direct. You know him as the director of Walk the Line and the wicked bad-ass 3:10 to Yuma. Abut 47 writers worked on the script, but the most recent rewrite came from Scott Frank, who you know and love as the writer of Out of Sight, The Lookout, Minority Report and, of course, Marley and Me (he added the part in the end where the dog bites it).

They're looking at a summer 2010 release.


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