Tom Cruise talks about MI: 3 and War of the Worlds

Tom Cruise is a busy man and he has two films lined up for back to back summer releases. First up will be the team up of Steven Spielberg and Cruise for "War of the Worlds" in 2005. After that J.J. Abrams will direct Mission Impossible 3 for a 2006 release.

Entertainment Weekly talked to Cruise about MI: 3, "It's deceiving, these kinds of movies," Cruise says about the challenge. "They're very complex. It's not just action, it's not just suspense, it's not just the spy genre - it's all of that." So why Abrams? "He's the first guy I went through the movie with who absolutely clicked in terms of being able to discuss the intricacies of character and story and tone." He added that while he doesn't watch much TV, Cruise checked out the Alias DVDs, liked what Abrams did with the story and character, and called him up.

With the new director on board they asked Cruise if the movie would undergo any changes, "We don't know yet," said Cruise. "We're just now talking about story. But it's J.J. Abrams' 'Mission: Impossible' that I'm interested in. The conceit for [the movies] was always that each one is different; it's the director's 'Mission: Impossible'. You want the director to come in and own it."

Cruise eventually got asked about how "War of the Worlds" came about, "We were just releasing 'Minority Report' and Steven and I were looking for films to make together. I visited him on 'Catch Me If You Can' and we were talking about a couple of things and he says, 'You know what? I think we should do 'War of the Worlds' together.' I just looked at him and said, 'Oh my God'. I was so excited. I've never made a sci-fi movie like this before."

"It's going to be exciting, it's going to be really scary, and it's going to maintain the tone of H.G. Wells' book. These guys are coming to dominate Earth. But I can't get too much into it because David Koepp has already done a rewrite and Steven has been working on it and things are going to change. We're just in the dream stage. We haven't even cast it yet."

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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