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United Artists team Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner have tapped TheUsual Suspects collaborators Bryan Singer and Chris McQuarrie to direct and produce an original thriller, reports Variety.com.
The untitled drama, set during World War II, is the duo's first collaboration since The Usual Suspects. Like Suspects, the film is an ensemble piece with many characters.
Singer and McQuarrie approached Wagner and Cruise with the project, and they agreed to finance the film almost immediately. United Artists was reinvigorated in November by Cruise and Wagner, who have been selective in choosing films but hope to make four to six films per year.
"Bryan is one of the great filmmakers working today, and Chris is an exceptional writer, and for Tom and me, this was an exciting opportunity for our second picture," Wagner said.
The Singer and McQuarrie project is only the second film UA has green-lighted under Cruise and Wagner. Currently in production is the drama Lions for Lambs, directed by Robert Redford. The film starts Redford, Cruise, and Meryl Streep and will be released November 9 by MGM.
Singer's Bad Hat Barry banner has an overall content deal with Warner Bros. and he is working on the Superman Returns sequel for WB. Singer is also developing the Harvey Milk biopic, The Mayor of Castro Street and directing a series pilot this summer for ABC called Football Wives. (The Advocate)