Tom Cruise recently came under fire for his on-set rant against crew members who reportedly weren’t following COVID safety protocol. Many of his peers in Hollywood agreed with him, with Vanessa Kirby being one of the more recent additions to his growing group of supporters. Insider Daniel Richtman brings word that legendary director and producer Steven Spielberg is now passionately opposed to working with Tom Cruise on another project. This is purely a rumor at this point, so please take it with a grain of salt.
It is unclear why Spielberg is reportedly done with the actor. It could be the aforementioned COVID rant, or it could be something we aren’t aware of yet. Either way, it is kind of a bummer. Don’t expect Spielberg to take a crack at a Mission Impossible movie any time soon. If this does turn out to be the case, then Tom Cruise will have burned a bridge with one of the film industry’s most respected figures.
Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg have worked together before, in 2002’s Minority Report and 2005’s War of the Worlds. Minority Report is arguably one of the best films from Cruise or Spielberg in the last two decades, while War of the Worlds was a huge fit for both. While it’s been over fifteen years since the two have worked together, if this rumor is true, it would be a shame to think that they might not reunite at some point in the future.
But regardless of this supposed rift between the two, that’s not going to stop either of their careers any time soon. Unless his films get pushed even further, 2021 is looking to be a promising year for Tom Cruise. Still scheduled for July 2, 2021 is Top Gun: Maverick, which will also star Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris and Val Kilmer. Cruise will also star in Mission: Impossible 7, which is planned for a November 19, 2021 release. This latest installment will bring back the Ethan Hunt’s crew, but will also include new additions like Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, and Shea Whigham.
While Steven Spielberg always has plenty of potential projects in the mix, his next film is looking to be a major one. Spielberg will be remaking West Side Story, which will be more of a retelling of the Broadway script than the 1961 Best Picture Oscar-winning classic. This new version will come out on December 10, 2021, and will star Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler. But despite all other future projects for Spielberg, it doesn’t look as though Tom Cruise will play a part in any of them.
If you want to read more about exactly why Tom Cruise is in such hot water, take a look at this NBC News opinion piece. Basically, the article argues that Cruise’s message was what needed to be enforced, but that his messaging was severely inappropriate and ineffective. It’s an interesting situation, but Cruise undoubtedly never intended for it to shake out the way it has. Hopefully, if there is a problem between Spielberg and Cruise, they can work it out and move forward in a way that enables them to continue working together.