German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director of 2006′s Best Foreign Film Oscar-winner The Lives of Others, is in talks to direct a political conspiracy movie starring Tom Cruise.
The 28th Amendment, being developed by Warner Bros, is about a US Predident that discovers a group of conspirators who are secretly running the government and have plans to kill him. Sounds a like a huge step down into some pretty dumb territory after making such a brilliant and stirring film as Lives was.
And to make matters worse, the script for the film is being handled by Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci of Eagle Eye and Transformers. So this probably isn’t going to be one of those “smart” political conspiracy movies. If it ends with a climactic monologue by one of the bad guys as we zoom really close in on Cruise’s really concerned face with his mouth slightly open and shooting angry/crazy eyes, I’ll be forced to throw my popcorn at the screen. I don’t get popcorn at the movies that often, but I’ll come prepared for this one.
I loved Lives of Others and when it beat out Guillermo del Toro’s excellent Pan’s Labyrinth for the Foreign Film Oscar, I was okay with that. So why does he have to do this? Can’t he just keep making good movies?? We don’t have enough people doing that these days and we can’t lose the ones we’ve got!