The project has been in development since 2010, when a report surfaced that Tom Cruise was looking to team up with his A Few Good Men co-star Jack Nicholson. Three years later, Tom Cruise and Doug Liman are making one last-ditch effort to get the notoriously picky Jack Nicholson to sign on. Sources indicate that the actor and director visited Jack Nicholson's Hollywood Hills home last week, with Tom Cruise reportedly saying that he won't do the movie without Jack Nicholson.
The story follows a Secret Service agent (Tom Cruise) who is assigned to protect America's worst former President, an alcoholic womanizer who was never elected President, but was elevated from Vice President after the Commander-in-Chief died. Jack Nicholson is being eyed to play the former President, who must go on the run with his new protector when a threat is made on his life.
Jesse Armstrong and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Daniel J. Goor wrote the initial script, with Paul Attanasio providing a rewrite.