It looks like David Heyman’s biblical epic Methuselah with Warner Bros and Tom Cruise is revving up with Joachim Rønning, who is fresh off directing what is touted to be Disney’s 2017 summer blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, attached to direct.
Warner Bros and Heyman have been dancing with this project for quite some time and Cruise has been attached for awhile but bringing Rønning aboard breathes new life into a project that has such high expectations. Black List writer Zach Dean, who wrote 2012 crime drama Deadfall with Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde and just wrapped Ethan Hawke starrer 24 Hours to Live, took a dormant project and brought it to life. His version of Methuselah is what attracted Warner Bros and indeed Rønning. Sources tell me that now, with Rønning attached, the project will go out to a number of writers for a rewrite and then circle back to Cruise. This will be an epic vehicle for Warner Bros that calls for someone of his stature to take on the heavy-hitting role of a man who lived for almost 1,000 years without ageing, all while developing a set of unparalleled survival skills.