Phillip Noyce to Direct The Cruiser in Edwin A. Salt. Possibly.

It doesn’t look like anyone really wants to direct the would-be Tom Cruiser starrer “Edwin A. Salt”, about a CIA officer who is accused of being a Russian spy. Columbia Pictures has been developing the thing for Tom Cruise to star in for the last eon or so, it would seem, with everyone from Peter Berg to Terry George at one point attached to direct. The latest director to be associated with the film is Phillip Noyce (pictured, left, hiding behind a curtain for some reason), no stranger to spy flicks, having two Jack Ryan movies to his credit (“Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger”).

Variety breaks down the lowdown:

Phillip Noyce is negotiating to direct “Edwin A. Salt,” the Kurt Wimmer-scripted drama that Columbia Pictures has been developing as a star vehicle for Tom Cruise.

The Australian helmer and Cruise had been mentioned as possible participants in the Warner Bros. drama “The 28th Amendment,” but recently their focus shifted to “Salt.” The drama casts Cruise as a CIA officer who’s accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy. He must elude capture long enough to clear his name.

Throw in a little action, make it less talky, and “Edwin A. Salt” is another hit for The Cruiser (pictured, below, hanging by a thread as always). Who doesn’t like Tommy boy when he’s being breathlessly chased by bad men in black suits with guns? The guy was born to play these type of roles.

Of course, they’ll eventually have to change the title. I mean, come on, “Edwin A. Salt”? What kind of title is that for a spy actioner? Make it, say, “Impossible Missioner” or something.

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