Berg and Cruise to collaborate?

Credit: Entertainment Weekly

Peter Berg, who recently directed Jamie Foxx in The Kingdom, may have the opportunity to helm a picture with Foxx’s Collateral co-star Tom Cruise.

The project Edwin A. Salt, which has been in limbo ever since original director Michael Mann decided to go off and helm Public Enemies with star Johnny Depp, may now get off the ground.

Columbia Pictures may recruit Peter Berg to be Mann’s replacement. With a Kurt Wimmer (The Recruit, Equilibrium) script, the studio hopes to have the project rolling by March to avoid any problems the impending actors’ strike may cause.

In the film, Edwin A. Salt is a CIA officer who is fingered by a defector as a Russian sleeper spy. Salt must elude capture by his superiors and sets out to reunite with his family and prove his innocence.

Currently, Berg is finishing up Hancock (formerly titled Tonight, He Comes) for Columbia Pictures. The film stars Will Smith and will be released July 2, 2008.

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