You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Columbia passes ‘Salt’ to Peter Berg

'Hancock' director in talks for Cruise spy thriller

Peter Berg is in talks to take the directing reins on the Tom Cruise starrer “Edwin A. Salt” for Columbia Pictures.

Terry George had been attached to helm the spy thriller, which is slated to start shooting in June, depending on labor developments.

Berg, who recently wrapped the Will Smith starrer “Hancock” for the studio, met with Cruise to discuss the project, which centers on a CIA officer fingered as a Russian sleeper spy out to assassinate the president. While trying to reunite with his family, he struggles to prove someone else is the traitor. Kurt Wimmer (“The Recruit”) penned the screenplay.

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is producing “Edwin A. Salt” alongside Sunil Perkash.

Although actor-helmer Berg has never directed Cruise before, the two shared the screen in two recent Cruise vehicles: “Lions for Lambs” and “Collateral.”

If Berg signs on to direct “Edwin A. Salt,” he would prep the pic while doing post-production on “Hancock.” He is expected to deliver his print of “Hancock” in May.

“Edwin A. Salt” will shoot half on stages in L.A. and half on location on the East Coast.

Berg most recently directed “The Kingdom” for Universal Pictures.

More Film

  • 'Shelved' Launches China-New Zealand Production Alliance

    Andrew Adamson's 'Shelved' Launches China-New Zealand Production Alliance (EXCLUSIVE)

    Peter Berg is in talks to take the directing reins on the Tom Cruise starrer “Edwin A. Salt” for Columbia Pictures. Terry George had been attached to helm the spy thriller, which is slated to start shooting in June, depending on labor developments. Berg, who recently wrapped the Will Smith starrer “Hancock” for the studio, […]

  • Robert Zemeckis

    Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The Witches' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Peter Berg is in talks to take the directing reins on the Tom Cruise starrer “Edwin A. Salt” for Columbia Pictures. Terry George had been attached to helm the spy thriller, which is slated to start shooting in June, depending on labor developments. Berg, who recently wrapped the Will Smith starrer “Hancock” for the studio, […]

  • Morgan Neville

    Director Morgan Neville on the Mr. Rogers Movie That Will Make You Cry

    Peter Berg is in talks to take the directing reins on the Tom Cruise starrer “Edwin A. Salt” for Columbia Pictures. Terry George had been attached to helm the spy thriller, which is slated to start shooting in June, depending on labor developments. Berg, who recently wrapped the Will Smith starrer “Hancock” for the studio, […]

  • 'Uncle Drew' Review: Kyrie Irving Takes

    Film Review: 'Uncle Drew'

    Peter Berg is in talks to take the directing reins on the Tom Cruise starrer “Edwin A. Salt” for Columbia Pictures. Terry George had been attached to helm the spy thriller, which is slated to start shooting in June, depending on labor developments. Berg, who recently wrapped the Will Smith starrer “Hancock” for the studio, […]

  • Owen (CHRIS PRATT) and Blue face

    Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' to Devour $130 Million in Debut

    Peter Berg is in talks to take the directing reins on the Tom Cruise starrer “Edwin A. Salt” for Columbia Pictures. Terry George had been attached to helm the spy thriller, which is slated to start shooting in June, depending on labor developments. Berg, who recently wrapped the Will Smith starrer “Hancock” for the studio, […]

  • Carlo ChatrianLocarno International Film Festival programme

    Berlin Film Festival Set to Hire Locarno Chief Carlo Chatrian as Artistic Director

    Peter Berg is in talks to take the directing reins on the Tom Cruise starrer “Edwin A. Salt” for Columbia Pictures. Terry George had been attached to helm the spy thriller, which is slated to start shooting in June, depending on labor developments. Berg, who recently wrapped the Will Smith starrer “Hancock” for the studio, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content