Doug Liman's Untitled Moon Project Still Actively Developing?
by Ethan Anderton
November 1, 2010
Though we'd previously hear that director Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jumper) was in the running to direct an adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's time travel action novel All You Need Is Kill. However, it sounds like a project from a few years back may still be in the running as Liman's next project to follow the forthcoming release of the Valerie Plame centric CIA thriller Fair Game. The observant eyes at The Playlist spotted some new info from Liman himself in an interview with ComingSoon. The filmmaker revealed that he's also in active development on an untitled moon project that was first announced back in 2007.
Though Jake Gyllenhaal was attached to the project at the time, it's probably safe to say he's fallen away from the project since then. 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). Now Liman says its neck-and-neck in development with All You Need Is Kill. He clarifies, "Both of them are in budgeting and both have small, early crews on them." Likely neither of the films have been greenlit yet and the respective crews are working towards getting them moving forward.
As for this untitled moon project, it apparently is big budget action flick that would focus on a private expedition to the moon and the race for lunar colonization. The idea itself comes from a script Liman wrote over ten years ago with his cousin, writer John Hamburg (I Love You, Man). It was thought that Duncan Jones' spectacular sci-fi drama Moon had killed Liman's project but both of the stories sound completely different in size, scope and story. The question is whether this project will clash with Dark Moon, another recent lunar-centric project we heard about from Warner Bros.
For now we're waiting to hear exactly what project Liman will officially tackle as his next directing gig. Likely, he's still working on Attica, the story of the 1971 Attica state prison rebellion in New York, which was the "bloodiest prison confrontation in U.S. history." That project has some legs with Liman since his father, Arthur L. Liman, ran the investigation of those infamous riots. In addition, the filmmaker is also attached to direct the adaptation of Monte Reel's non-fiction book The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon. Hopefully, we'll find out what film will put Liman back in the director's chair soon and it will allow him to make something both entertaining and engaging like The Bourne Identity. We'll keep you posted.
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