Disney's long-gestating Bob: The Musical, which has been in development since 2004, may finally be moving forward, with the studio eyeing Tom Cruise to star and Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) to direct. We last reported on the project back in January 2014, when Allan Loeb (San Andreas) signed to work on the script. Mark Waters was initially attached to direct from a script by Mike Binder back in 2004, and, in 2010, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were eyeing the project, following their directorial debut, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
The story centers on an ordinary man named Bob, whose life is upended after suffering a simple blow to the head. Bob realizes that he can hear the inner songs in everyone he meets, essentially turning his life into a musical, although Bob is not exactly pleased with this new gift. It isn't known how much the script has changed over the 11 years that it has been floundering in development, although the underlying premise is still the same.
The project doesn't have a director attached yet, but Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn are producing Bob: The Musical with Benderspink's Chris Bender and J.C. Spink. The project would offer quite the stark departure for Tom Cruise, who has been firmly working in the action genre over the past few years, with Jack Reacher, Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow debuting over the last three years, along with this summer's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Are you looking forward to Tom Cruise taking on an off-beat project like this?