Doug Liman's Untitled Moon Film Returns But Sans Jake Gyllenhaal
Last November we heard that a long-gestating project from director Doug Liman may finally have legs again. The filmmaker said he was in active development on what has been referred to as an untitled moon project that once had Jake Gyllenhaal attached. Now Heat Vision says Gyllenhaal is out, but the project is still moving forward with a shortlist of talent in the running for three lead roles. Andrew Garfield, Chris Pine and Emile Hirsch are mentioned and their female counterparts in the running are Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde. More below!
Many of these names are the same mentioned for every hot lead role in Hollywood, so that's not all that surprising. In addition, Liman is supposed to meet with even more talent next week, so any young actor or actress is in the running. As for the story, it follows a renegade group of former space employees, led by an Eastern European woman, who travel the world, stealing space equipment in an attempt to go back to the moon to acquire an energy source. The last item to steal turns out to be an ex-NASA employee. Sounds pretty awesome to me.
The idea itself comes from a script Liman wrote over ten years ago with his cousin, writer John Hamburg (I Love You, Man). But between 2007 and now the script has gone through many drafts from writers like Mark Bowden (who wrote the Black Hawk Down novel), Dan Mazeau (Bruno), Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) and most recently Ken Nolan (who wrote the Black Hawk Down screenplay). It's not clear whether or not this project will get off the ground before the recently revealed Two-Gun Cohen film that Liman is behind, but it's good that moderate progress is being made in development. Sound good?