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Doug Liman Planning Return To The Spy Genre With Adaptation Of Olen Steinhauer's 'The Tourist'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 6:30 PM
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Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has scooped up the rights to three novels by American thriller writer Olen Steinhauer – New York Times bestseller "The Tourist" and its sequels, "Nearest Exit" and "An American Spy" (the last of which came out this past spring). The studio has attached longtime spy fan Doug Liman to direct, with Matt Corman and Chris Ord, co-creators of the Liman-produced TV series "Covert Affairs," on board to write the script. They will undoubtedly be changing the title for the first movie, since no one wants to be reminded of the atrocious Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie dud of the same name.

Doug Liman Tackling Big Screen Adaptation Of Jack Finney's 'Time And Again'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2012 10:42 PM
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Published in 1970, optioned by Paul Newman and then attempted by Robert Redford in the mid-1990s, with more filmmakers to follow, getting "The Body Snatchers" writer Jack Finney's novel "Time And Again" up on the big screen has been a decades spanning effort worthy of the book's premise. But Doug Liman is going to give it a shot.

10th Anniversary: 5 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Bourne Identity'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 14, 2012 2:01 PM
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Ten years and one day ago, Doug Liman was an independent director with a couple of critical favorites behind him. Ten years and one day ago, Matt Damon was the promising writer/star of "Good Will Hunting" who's seemingly squandered his potential on a string of questionable choices, kept on the A-list only by his presence in "Ocean's Eleven." Ten years and one day ago, the spy genre was increasingly tired, with the Bond movies moving into new levels of ridiculousness (that year's "Die Another Day" would introduce Madonna and invisible cars to the series).

Doug Liman To Helm Documentary 'Reckoning With Torture: Memos And Testimonies From The War On Terror'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 11:40 AM
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Doug Liman's last effort behind the camera was the Valerie Plame drama "Fair Game," which didn't quite become the box office hot button smash or Oscar contender it seemed like it would be on paper. And while the director is currently lining up his next feature film (more on that in a second), he's going to get back to politically charged material by taking on a provocative documentary.

Tom Cruise Circling Doug Liman's Sci-Fi Actioner 'We Mortals Are' (Formerly 'All You Need Is Kill')

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 8, 2011 10:09 AM
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Tom Cruise is on the comeback trail in a big way. The star, for nearly two decades Hollywood's untouchable golden boy, has had a rough half-decade, grabbing the wrong kind of headlines for some bizarre public behavior and starring in a string of domestic disappointments; "Lions for Lambs," "Valkyrie" and last year's "Knight & Day" (although the latter two managed impressive overseas hauls).

Doug Liman Will Climb 'Everest' With Script From 'Up In The Air' Writer Sheldon Turner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 3:08 AM
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With his last effort, the political drama "Fair Game" dropping last fall, director Doug Liman has spent most of 2011 figuring out what to do next and he's had no shortage of options. But unfortunately, he's been hit with a bit of bad luck. While for a moment there it seemed like his ambitious and long-gestating sci-fi flick "Luna" would be getting off the ground, just last week word arrived that financing had collapsed, effectively killing the project. In the same report it appeared that Warner Bros. was wanting to move ahead with "All You Need Is Kill" but that was contingent on a big star, and while WB wanted Brad Pitt, that's not really near to happening just yet. Liman was also on the wishlist for "The Wolverine" before it went to James Mangold, he signed on to direct a period pic about “Two-Gun” Cohen and he's also got prison pic "Attica" brewing. But it looks like he may be getting to another project first.

Doug Liman's 'Luna' Drops Out Of Orbit But Warner Bros. Want Brad Pitt For 'All You Need Is Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 9:43 AM
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It's win some/lose some today for Doug Liman, who has been juggling a few potential projects for his next effort, following last year's political drama "Fair Game." But it looks like one long-gestating project is now dead, while another finds a studio courting one of the biggest actors in Hollywoodland.

Bradley Cooper & Chris Evans Join List Of Contenders For Doug Liman's 'Luna'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 9:18 AM
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Financing In Place, As Film Gets Fast-Tracked At DreamWorksThe summer movie season is upon us and it's easy to forget that there are movies being developed at the major studios are aren't sequels, based on a comic or toy or spun-off a previous film or television show. In the works for years, the long-gestating space film by Doug Liman -- now titled "Luna" -- has been inching forward in fits and starts for the past while. Originally with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead, who later left the project, it sputtered back to life this past spring when a wealth of names were said to be contending for the open role including Andrew Garfield, Emile Hirsch and Chris Pine. And even longer list of actresses were tipped as possibilities for the female lead with Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde all getting mentioned. And then -- we didn't hear much else. Well, the movie now looks pretty much certain to be Liman's next project and more info has landed.

Doug Liman, Mark Romanek, James Mangold & Antoine Fuqua Reportedly Top The 'Wolverine' Wishlist

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 25, 2011 10:32 AM
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Other Directors Apparently In Contention For The Gig Include, Justin Lin, Jose Padilha, Gavin O'Connor & Gary Shore20th Century Fox has a history and it's not always a good one. While Darren Aronofsky left "The Wolverine" project under the pretenses of family obligations, it's been reported that "Black Swan" director left the project due to lack of creative control. That coupled with the fact that Matthew Vaughn seems to have been put through the ringer by the studio on "X-Men: First Class" -- he was super rushed, was forced to use five different cinematographers, had to switch assistant directors and didn't know who his crew was on certain days -- and it's any wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to work on one of Fox's super hero films.

Andrew Garfield, Emile Hirsch & Chris Pine Eyed To Replace Jake Gyllenhaal In Doug Liman's 'Moon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 2:06 AM
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Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana & Olivia Wilde Sought For The Female Lead; Late Summer Start PlannedYes, it's those same familiar names all over again. This time they're coming up for a project we figured was stuck in development hell, but we're surprised and delighted to see some movement.

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