Hollywood will be taking one less summer Cruise next year. Last Friday, 20th Century Fox announced that production of “Minority Report,” the Tom Cruise starrer directed by Steven Spielberg, has been pushed to a January start date — which moves its release date from next summer to a holiday 2000 release.
Fox said the move was made to accommodate the “availability of the actors in the film.” To date, Cruise is the only actor signed for the pic, although Matt Damon, whose schedule is nearly as packed as Cruise’s, has been in talks to co-star.
Pic, which the studio planned to release on June 30, 2000, was originally slated to go before the cameras in October. There was speculation that Fox, which is co-producing “Minority Report” with DreamWorks, might move release of the film to later next summer after Paramount announced earlier this month that it was postponing the release of “Mission: Impossible 2” (which wraps production this week) from its original Dec. 17 berth to Wednesday, May 24.
It is understood that in order to make room for “Minority Report” and not cannibalize the box office of another of its much-anticipated releases, Fox pushed the release of the Leonardo DiCaprio starrer “The Beach” from a holiday 1999 release to either late January or February.
In other Fox-related news, Jan De Bont has dropped out of helming the Fox 2000 sci-fi thriller “The Adaptive Ultimate,” which also was penned by “Minority Report” scribe Jon Cohen. Old standby “creative differences” was the reason stated for the split. The project, at one time developed for Nicole Kidman, is now an open directing assignment.