Tom Cruise in Talks to Join 28th Amendment
by Alex Billington
May 18, 2008
We missed this news when it first hit, but I thought it was too cool to pass up in the end. Moviehole confirms that Tom Cruise is in talks to join the thriller 28th Amendment. Never heard of it? Neither have I, but once you hear about the plot, you'll definitely be interested, too. Written by Transformers and Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, 28th Amendment follows US president Ben Cahill (played by Tom Cruise) who discovers that a secret committee (run by Denzel Washington) has controlled the government since WWII. This hidden power structure assassinates potential troublemakers to serve its own needs, and having made the discovery, the president now finds himself in the firing line.
I can't seem to find much else about this, but the project seems to be currently pulling itself together. Moviehole states that Phillip Noyce, of Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Catch a Fire, is directing, however IMDb lists Kevin Macdonald, of The Last King of Scotland, instead. I'm not sure which one is legit, since there isn't any other public information out there, but we'll be sure to up to you once these details are all confirmed. Noyce might have recently replaced Macdonald if this is indeeded going into production at Warner Brothers soon.
The plot sounds like a twisted and sophisticated National Treasure, which interested me enough to eventually write something about this project. However, I'd rather wait for more details in the future. If Cruise and Washington are both involved, I could definitely see this turning out great. I'm not sure it will be a blockbuster sized film, but it could still turn out to be an intense and riveting thriller.