Although — especially in the shadow of Top Gun: Maverick — it’s hard to imagine Cruise doing much else on screen besides his own stunts, he did flaunt his pipes for Adam Shankman’s 2012 jukebox musical comedy Rock of Ages. Evidently, he’s been wanting to take on another musical for a while now, with plans to dance this go around and write the script alongside McQuarrie.
The as-yet-unnamed musical is just one of many movies Cruise and McQuarrie have coming down the pipeline. To the surprise of no one, they’re also working on another original action film with “franchise potential,” and they also have plans to bring back Les Grossman — Cruise’s hot-blooded studio executive in Tropic Thunder — although it’s unclear whether they’d use him as the central character, or once again as a supporting character.
Lastly, Cruise and McQuarrie also still have plans to collaborate on a movie that’ll literally be filmed in space, thanks to a little help from NASA, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and a price tag of $200 million. COVID has pushed off that project for quite a while now, but with a Russian film studio cooking up a similar project of their own, we might soon see yet another space race.
But back here on Earth, this musical could be Cruise’s great fuck-you to former boxer Mickey Rourke, who recently slammed the former for “doing the same effing part for 35 years.” Either way, it doesn’t appear that the newly-60-year-old Cruise has plans to retire any time soon.