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Doug Liman May Direct WB's 'All You Need Is Kill' Adaptation

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June 16, 2010
Source: Deadline, Heat Vision

All You Need Is Kill

Now this could be cool. Both Deadline and Heat Vision are reporting tonight that director Doug Liman, of Swingers, Go, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jumper, and Fair Game previously, may be Warner Bros' top choice to direct an intense new action sci-fi project called All You Need Is Kill, based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel. Liman was working on WB's Three Musketeers project as well (designed to be gritty like Sherlock Holmes), but since Paul W.S. Anderson is in production on his version of The Three Musketeers, WB has put their version on the backburner and Liman is considering other films, like this one. Read on!

We mentioned this project back in April because Warner paid over a million for the spec. Liman is having meeting later this week with Warners execs to talk about the project, so I'm sure we'll hear more soon. The story in All You Need Is Kill follows a soldier pressed into battle on Earth against a superior alien species called 'Mimics', then gets killed in action, but is stuck in a time loop and relives his last day over and over. Eventually, he sees things change, he becomes a better warrior and discovers hints that might be the key to altering the outcome. I've read a bit of the script and it's an intense and very futuristic sci-fi action movie.

To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of Liman, as I prefer his earlier work more (Bourne, Go), but he's not bad. Fair Game was a smart and well-directed movie (I saw it in Cannes) and I enjoyed Jumper, I just hope he gets to go all out with a big budget and all kinds of VFX if he does decide to do this. It has the potential to be an absolutely phenomenal movie, I just hope it continues to develop well and I truly hope Liman knows what he's getting into. The All You Need Is Kill was written by a new writer in town named Dante Harper who has been building a strong name within the industry recently. We'll definitely keep you updated on it!

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  • Linkfx
    Just what we need another Groundhogs Day. Ugh. Super tired of that plot device like 15 years ago.
  • TheGuyInThePJs
    I still think this would be the perfect project for Neil Blomkamp. If WB would like the film to look amazing but not cost 200 million dollar than Neil IS there guy.
  • http://movies.iconocritic.com peloquin
    How is Harper building a name for himself in the industry? Is it because of this project? The only thing noticeable on IMDB is his role as a dancer in You Got Served. I can't find anything else that he's written.
  • TheGuyInThePJs
    @peloguin Harper also recently wrote the Paramount project "Black Hole" for Plan B and David Fincher to produce. Not to mention he wrote KILL on spec, while getting paid low seven figures againt $3 million with a 12 month play-or-pay clause. If that's not making a name for yourself in a slow moving market... I don't know what is.
  • http://movies.iconocritic.com peloquin
    ^ Thanks for the info, I didn't know any of that. This guy is definitely on my radar now.
  • casting couch
    "Too early for flapjacks?"
  • Glass
    Haven't we exhausted this time travel to save the future plot device like a thousand times ago?

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