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Tom Cruise is Still Developing a Competing 'Flying Tigers' Film

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October 7, 2010
Source: Deadline

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Though we once heard news that Tom Cruise was going to be working with director John Woo on his story about the WWII air fighting squadron Flying Tigers, that turned out to be a bit of a mix up. Instead, Woo and Cruise were each independently developing their own separate takes on the infamous fighter squadron formed by General Claire Chennault to help the Chinese fight against the Empire of Japan before the United States entered WWII. While you would think Woo's seemingly faster development would've stopped Cruise from continuing his project with New Regency, Deadline reports they're still pushing forward with the film.

What's pretty enticing is the fact that Valkyrie and Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie and Mason Alley write the first draft with Kirk Ellis being hired for a re-write. Flying Tigers is a bit of a passion project for John Woo, or at least it sounds like it by saying, "This is an extremely important production. This Yunnan-themed film emphasizes China-US friendship and the contributions of the Flying Tigers and the people of Yunnan during the War of Resistance." I'm not saying it's any less of a passion for Cruise, since it's been said that he's really looking forward to playing a pilot in a period war movie, but it's a different kind of passion. I can't decide if I want aerial battles directed by John Woo or Tom Cruise back in the cockpit. What do you think?

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  • Hector David
    Tom Cruise has not appreciation for the director who gave him is second most successful movie of his career in box office: Mission Impossible 2. That douche even locked Woo out of the editing room and complained about how John Woo wanted him to jump out of a window like Super-Man. Then Cruise does that exact thing in the second rate and wanna be movie MI-3. Whatever.
  • MI3 was far better than MI2...I really didn't like MI2 at all, the characters were boring and the writing was extremely unrealistic (especially the motorcycle-fight scene). MI3 had constant action and Hoffman was the best villain yet in addition to actually humanizing Ethan Hunt's character. I think Woo is overrated, and Cruise was right in locking him out of the editing room to try and salvage his crappy film. The only Woo film I like is Face Off, and that's mostly due to Cage and Travolta.
  • tiger tim
    --Flying Tigers? ---in 2010??? -as the staggeringly relevant, infinitely significant, urgently REAL 60th anniversary of the KOREAN WAR has been buried by RED China-genocide concealing Hollywood? ----BRAVE OF YOU TOM! LOL

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