A while back I reported that Tom Cruise was getting set to play the President and co-star with Denzel Washington in a political thriller called The 28th Amendment that Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) would be directing. Well, scratch that.
It seems that a long gestating project called Edwin A. Salt has finally gotten some legs so Cruise and Noyce are both preparing to jump ship on The 28th Amendment in favor of this other film. The drama would cast Cruise as a CIA officer who’s accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy. He must elude capture long enough to clear his name.
Noyce is currently in negotiations to take on directing duties. Cruise has not firmly committed, but he has stayed with the project as screenwriter Kurt Wimmer wrote drafts for directors Terry George and Peter Berg before each of them dropped out. Columbia sources said Edwin A. Salt still doesn’t have a firm start date.
I’m guessing the script for Edwin A. Salt must be a lot better than the script for The 28th Amendment because the latter sounds a lot more promising especially with Denzel Washington as a co-star. However, with Noyce jumping ship I don’t really blame Cruise for sticking with the project he’s been attached to the longest.
Washington will undoubtedly find another director and co-star willing to make The 28th Amendment with him so he’ll be okay. In fact, the word is that Warner’s has offered the part to none other than…wait for it…Christian Bale. Yeah, we all knew that was coming. Apparently, he gets offered pretty much every role now. Good. I don’t have a problem with that.
The 28th Amendment isn’t set to shoot until next year.
You know what I think would be cool. I think it would be cool if Christian Bale took the part (or not, either way) and both of these movies came out on the same day. But that’s just me.