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