Cruise and Raimi Setting Up Sleeper

Tom adds alien movie to his slate

The increasingly active Tom Cruise is adding another movie to his slate. He's loosely attached to star in Sleeper, a comic book adaptation that will be produced by Sam Raimi.

Created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, Sleeper follows an operative who has become resistant to pain after being fused with an alien artifact. Instead he passed that pain on to others through touch. He's sent undercover to crack a shady organisation and winds up falling for one of their number, who goes by the name of Miss Misery.

There are apparently some rights issues with the comic-book, which is a spin-off of WildC.A.T.s, which will all have to be sorted out before the film can go ahead at Warner Bros. Given that WB is currently having legal wrangles with Fox over rights to make Watchmen they'll probably want to make sure this one is airtight before moving ahead.