Doug Liman first set up Luna with Jake Gyllenhaal at DreamWorks in 2007, then with Paramount, then put it on hold for a couple years to direct Jumper and Fair Game. Liman was actively working on a Three Musketeers adaptation before Paul W.S. Anderson beat him to the punch. So he turned his attention to All You Need Is Kill, a spec sci-fi script with plenty of heat behind it. However, All You Need Is Kill has reportedly lost steam, and Liman has returned his focus to Luna (now “Untitled Moon Project”). But Gyllenhaal has since moved on, so Liman is meeting with a bevy of young Hollywood stars to fill the role. Heat Vision indicates the director has already spoken with Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Andrew Garfield, Emile Hirsch, and Chris Pine, and plans to meet with more names in the coming week.
Details on the project after the break.
Heat Vision provides this synopsis:
The story centers on a renegade group of former space employees, led by an Eastern European woman, who travel the world, stealing space equipment in an attempt to go back to the moon to acquire an energy source. The last item to steal — or in this case, kidnap — is an ex-NASA employee.
The script has gone through a series of rewrites over the last several years: Mark Bowden, Ken Nolan, Simon Kinberg, and apparently a few more screenwriters have all taken a crack at it. Liman has expressed his commitment to getting the script right on more than one occasion.
In 2008, he told New York Magazine:
“[The film’s] aspirations are loftier. When I wrote it, it was a frivolous movie. Now the planet is in crisis. It’s wrestling with the dominant social issue facing us today, overpopulation.”
“I want to have a locked script before I start shooting. That’s my goal.”
Liman went on to talk about the tone and theme of the film:
“It’s a celebration of America. Even though it’s a present day story it’s a celebration of the fact that in 1969 we sent a man to the moon. Just think about what a car in 1969 looked like! It’s insane that we pulled that off. No other country on the planet could have done something that great.”
Liman wants to film this summer, but the production requires a rather large budget, so Paramount has yet to greenlight the movie. The goal of these meetings is to find “two or three leads” with obvious chemistry to convince the studio.
P.S. “Untitled Moon Project” seems interesting enough, but I hope another young filmmaker takes up the cause of All You Need Is Kill — sounds way too interesting to let slip through the cracks. Here’s the synopsis:
“There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death? [Amazon]”