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Doug Liman

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Doug Liman, who’s currently working on the upcoming Justice League Dark for DC and Warner Bros. has a couple other films in the works including a sequel to the 2014 Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt sci-fi vehicle Edge of Tomorrow, the Ground Hogday of Sci-fi. While the film didn’t really kill it at the domestic box office, it did make twice what it cost world-wide, opening the door for a sequel if a story could be put together. Liman, in a recent interview, outlined how Edge Of Tomorrow 2 might look. (more…)

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There’s no denying actor Tom Cruise’s box office power.  As far as anyone can remember, the seemingly ageless action star has been fiercely running from one film to another and topping the box office in each film with his name alone.  It was quite strange when Edge of Tomorrow came out and was one of his “flops.”  The film did receive critical praise and a well-done sci-fi film, which should have taken off, especially in the geek world where the film literally had a video game-like narrative where the protagonist dies time and time again to successfully complete his mission.  The film blended the right amount of humor and action.  When poor box office reports came it, it pretty much ensured that this was a one-and-done franchise, but thanks to increased DVD/Blue Ray sales and an almost cult following of the film there was hope that a sequel would greenlight.   (more…)

‘Gambit’ Finally Set to Begin Filming

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It appears as though fans of the X-Men character Gambit can finally have some solid expectations for a Gambit solo film. Again. Gambit is one of the more interesting members of the X-Men and many a fan favorite, with his Cajun heritage and past as a thief. After the success of the first X-Men movie in 2000 (which helped to usher in the modern age of superhero movies) many fans have been waiting for a great live action version of Remy LeBeau. Sixteen years, one terrible version, and coming up on nine movies later, fans are still waiting. After many stalled starts and cast and crew uncertainty, the movie is finally set to start filming with star Channing Tatum.

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The Gambit troubles continue unabated. Yes, 20th Century Fox seems dedicated to making a movie about the X-Men‘s Ragin’ Cajun, they have a very well-known and photogenic actor lined up to play the part in the form of Channing Tatum, and they even have a release date set for the movie almost one year from today. So why, oh why doesn’t anyone seem to want to direct Gambit? Well, perhaps those woes are wearing off. A front-runner has emerged in the Gambit directorial sweepstakes, and it’s a name not unfamiliar to those that enjoy fine genre entertainment, Doug Liman. Is Fox going to rely on the guy that launched The Bourne Identity to launch Gambit? (more…)

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The hunt is on for Channing Tatum and 20th Century Fox. After director Rupert Wyatt left the Gambit scene due to creative differences, potential names have been popping up, all to hopefully take over the vacant position. As of a few days ago, the latest rumored candidate was Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow director, but it seems that two new names have been added to the wish list since then. Heroic Hollywood reported the details on the latest possibilities. (more…)

Doug Liman to Direct ‘Gambit’?

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Gambit, the latest X-Men franchise spin-off starring Channing Tatum, has recently lost its director. No one’s throwing down their cards, though; instead, they’re signaling an SOS to The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. Liman has never helmed a comic book property before, but was considered for Watchmen. Perhaps it’s the action-packed films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Jumper in his resume that hint at his potential. (more…)

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It’s a rarity to be pleasantly surprised at the movie theater these days, especially in the summer when studios want to give the people what they want, and what they want is usually the same old, same old. Edge of Tomorrow is a pleasant surprise. A Hollywood blockbuster with a tried and true formula, but employed with gusto and playfulness. This is the kind of summer movie we all say we want, popcorn-munching entertainment of the highest quality that takes you in some unexpected directions and plays against type. Godzilla is fine, the X-Men were good, but summer really begins with Tomorrow. (more…)

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There was a time when Doug Liman was an interesting filmmaker, but it seems so long ago that I can barely remember why I enjoyed his early movies. Swingers and Go belonged to the stable of ’90s indie “dramedies” that the decade became so synonymous for. Then came The Bourne Identity, which was slightly better than competent and helped launch the Matt Damon/Robert Ludlum franchise, only to be overshadowed by Paul Greengrass’ superior entires. After that, Liman seemed to run out of gas, churning out vanilla PG-13 action fare like Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Jumper, both of which I know I saw yet couldn’t describe a scene from either to you in order to save my life (there was an elevator in Mr. &. Mrs. Smith? Maybe some cake?). The rest of the aughts found Liman Executive Producing TV shows like Suits and I Just Want My Pants Back, the latter of which sounds like a serialized Nick Nolte biopic.

Now comes Railhead, an adaptation of a yet-to-be-released children’s novel for Warner Bros. which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is set in “a futuristic world where trains run through space via portals.” I guess that sounds like a Doug Liman joint. Then again, a live-action Care Bears adaptation sounds like a Doug Liman joint at this point.

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It’s nothing unusual when a movie goes through a writer or two. In fact, having someone come in to update or give a rewrite to a script is pretty common practice, even among the biggest franchises out there. There’s a desire to get it right and more heads can sometimes do this better than a singular vision. And that’s the case with the planned adaptation of Splinter Cell. (more…)

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Right off I have to admit that I’ve taken my cheap shots at Tom Cruise over the past couple of years. He’s kinda deserved it, but then I sat down and watched Oblivion… and didn’t hate it. Now Cruise has another Sci-Fi epic Edge of Tomorrow coming to the big screen and although that cringing “Travolta-Battlefield-Earth-Scientologist feeling is still rattling around in the back of my head, this trailer left me wanting to see more. (more…)