Tom Cruise and Pirates Of The Caribbean director take on Methuselah

Joachim Rønning and Tom Cruise

by James White |
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It might not have been around quite as long as the man in the title, but Biblical character-inspired action adventure Methuselah has been waiting for its moment for a good few years now. Things seem to be picking up a little as Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge and Kon-Tiki's Joachim Rønning is now attached to direct Tom Cruise in the movie.

Methuselah, which is described as “an elevated action thriller”, follows a protagonist who ages at a snail’s pace, picking up survival skills along the way. Skills that make him a nightmare for anyone who gets in his way, one presumes. Harry Potter producer David Heyman has been trying to get it made at Warner Bros. all this time and at one point had The Woman In Black director James Watkins on board.

He's since left, but the project stayed alive, particularly since Cruise is seriously considering the move. Deadfall writer Zach Dean worked on a daft that got everyone interested and now Heyman and co. have brought in Rønning, who is finishing off work on the new Pirates Of The Caribbean film, known here as Salazar's Revenge. According to Deadline, the studio will have several writers work on the script and then see if it can get Cruise to commit finally.

Cruise has Jack Reacher: Never Go Back in cinemas and Rønning's Pirates entry is due to dock on 26 May next year.

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