Doug Liman to Direct World War II Soccer Drama 'Victory' Remake
Unfortunately, audiences unwisely avoided the Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow here in the US, but the film is doing fine overseas. We just wish there was a bigger reception for the film from The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, because he crafted one of the most fun films of the summer. But Liman is already looking to the future with a new project that feels pretty timely because of World Cup fever sweeping the globe. THR reports Liman is in talks to direct Victory, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name (starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine) with Warrior director Gavin O'Connor scripting.
In what sounds like a soccer version of Miracle, the film follows allied prisoners of war who prepare for a soccer match against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris. But while the game is being set up, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape. There aren't a lot of soccer films out there despite the sports worldwide appeal (likely because it's boring as hell), but this story sounds rather promising. It seems almost like a cross between Argo and Miracle. Anyway, the film is just now developing, but we'll keep you posted as it progresses.