Doug Liman to Direct World War II Soccer Drama 'Victory' Remake

June 26, 2014
Source: THR


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.

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments


"...boring as hell" - let's see what john cleese has to say about it 😉

matt0815 on Jun 26, 2014


original was called escape to Victory

Ross on Jun 27, 2014


Not in the US.

TheOct8pus on Jun 27, 2014


It's a shame people didn't go to edge of Tomorrow (by the way stupid title for the movie. All you need is kill was indeed accurate) because I like it! It was well paced, top cgi and great story! Letting Tom Cruise overlive his ordeal was stupid but very good action in it... Way better than Godzilla who I've seen two weeks before...

Avi on Jun 27, 2014


Whaaat? You can't remake Victory. The original was perfect! It had Pele', Beckenbauer and a bunch of other old-school soccer legends. Who's going to be in the remake? Ronaldo? Messi? Ibrahimovich? I just don't see it.

TheOct8pus on Jun 27, 2014


What a great tip! Thanks! I'd like a Jaguar I have to keep it in a cage, or is it leash trained?

TheOct8pus on Jun 27, 2014


Ethan - you made a pretty douchey comment in there....perhaps you find soccer boring as hell. You obviously don't know much about the Beautiful game, so I'll forgive you. However, most of the world loves soccer and finds it the most exciting game there is. Besides - baseball and american football are both slow paced very technical games that most non-americans find boring as hell, yet there are literally thousands of baseball and football related movies that are actually really good. While I love you, man, I think you're way out of line.

TheOct8pus on Jun 27, 2014


Dang, this article is boring as hell.

Unbiased on Jun 27, 2014



TheOct8pus on Jun 27, 2014


Why is the film set in Paris? The historical version of these events took place in Ukraine, the so-called Death Match:

ApathyNihilism on Jun 27, 2014

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