Tom Cruise eyes ‘comeback’ in three new films

August 20th, 2008 - 11:18 am ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (DPA) Tom Cruise is eyeing a comic book adaptation as one of three new films he hopes will turn around his stalling career, according to the Hollywood Reporter.Cruise has teamed up with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi to produce “Sleeper”, in which he would play a covert operative who becomes fused with an alien artefact that not only makes him impervious to pain but allows him to pass the ability on to others.

An added complication is that he falls for his nemesis, the evil henchwoman Miss Misery, while on assignment.

News of the new project came just days after it was announced that Cruise was splitting with his long time production partner Paula Wagner, with whom he had intended to revive the once-great Hollywood Studio United Artists.

That scheme hit difficulties when its first project “Lions For Lambs” was a huge box office flop, while the studio’s second production, the Nazi assassination thriller “Valkyrie”, has also been beset by troubles.

Besides “Sleeper”, Cruise is also reported to be lining up two other projects. “Food Fight” will see him star in a rare comedy as a gourmet chef who is forced to take a job in a school cafeteria, while “The Tourist” is a remake of a a French spy thriller about an American tourist used as a pawn in a spy game by a female Interpol agent.

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