The latest pitch by superb screenwriter Dan Fogelman has just been sold to Warner Bros. for a seven figure sum. The film, which has yet to even have its screenplay completed, will tell the story of a disgraced politician, down on his uppers and headed home to try and sort his life out.
It sounds like a pretty comfortable fit for Tom Cruise, and he is indeed attached to star. I was recently comparing Fogelman to Cameron Crowe, and a Cruise collaboration will only make my observation seem even more obvious.
Deadline broke the news of the deal, but don't have many details of the film's story. Just to get the most of what they do have, however, here's their version of the pitch premise, verbatim:
Tom Cruise [is] attached to play a politician who gets caught in an affair. With his reputation in tatters, the pol retreats to his hometown to lick his wounds, repair relationships and confront his past.
Yeah, tells us nothing. But, Fogelman. Yes. I like him.
Fogelman's next movie to be released is Crazy, Stupid Love, with Cars 2 following in the summer and My Mother's Curse with Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand just now going into production. Hopefully Fogelman will get to make his directorial debut soon with Imagine, another of his screenplays. That one's about a man, set to be played by Steve Carrell, who comes across some evidence that he's the love child of John Lennon.
Presumably, the Cruise picture will be another directing job for Fogelman, some time down the line.