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Tom Cruise purchases film rights to ''Criminal Conversation''

We ask author Evan Hunter his thoughts

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Has good guy Tom Cruise gone bad? His production company, Cruise/Wagner Productions, recently purchased the film rights to the gangster thriller Criminal Conversation. Author Evan Hunter muses on his novel’s celluloid future.

Did you have Cruise in mind for the (main) role? ”Not when I wrote it, no. But afterward, I suggested to my agent that she show it to (Cruise). I thought he would be wonderful for the gangster, Andrew. There’s no guarantee that he’ll be in it, but I think he’s a consummate actor.”

Do you expect to speak to Cruise? ”I would love to talk to him.”

But you wouldn’t give him any direction? ”Are you kidding? Directors don’t like it when actors talk to the writer.”