Doug Liman To Return To Action With Sci-Fi Project At Paramount
I've always found Doug Liman to be a strange filmmaker. After kicking off his feature career with the fantastic comedies Swingers and Go, he decided to try his hand at a career as an action director. But while his first go at it was the great Bourne Identity, he followed it up with the impressively lame Jumper and the exceedingly mediocre Mr. And Mrs. Smith. Last year he started back on the right path with the Sean Penn and Naomi Watt's true-life drama Fair Game, but now it looks like he's jumping right back into the genre that's given him his lowest success rate.
THR is reporting that Doug Liman has found a new home for his sci-fi action piece formally known as Luna. Originally set up at Dreamworks, the project may have now found new life at Paramount. The plot is about a group of astronauts, "led by an Eastern European woman," who go around stealing space equipment so that they can go back to the moon and "acquire an energy source." The last piece that they need is an ex-NASA employee. Though Jake Gyllenhaal was previously attached, the director is now looking for new stars and, despite no green light, is planning to start up in late summer. The report also says that they have already met with a bunch of actors and actresses for the male and female leads including Andrew Garfield, Emile Hirsch, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde.
Though I like his earlier work far more than his later stuff, I do actively root for Doug Liman. As shown by his better films, he has some real skills behind the camera when given the proper material, and with any luck this project will rejuvenate him.
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