Earlier today, IMAX announced that it had signed a 20-picture deal with Warner Bros., revealing a few upcoming IMAX releases in the process. Now the large-format company has updated its official site with a few interesting additions that seem to confirm a couple of 3D releases and another IMAX release. Briefly:
- All You Need Is Kill – The Doug Liman-directed sci-fi action film starring Tom Cruise will be released in 3D, presumably through a post-conversion.
- Jupiter Ascending – Lana and Andy Wachowski will apparently be making their 3D debut with the upcoming sci-fi film starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.
- Transcendence – Dark Knight and Inception cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut will, unsurprisingly, be released in the IMAX format.
Hit the jump for more details.
Warner Bros. has announced that they’ll release Doug Liman‘s sci-fi action film All You Need Is Kill on March 14, 2014. The film, based off the manga of the same name, stars Tom Cruise as a soldier in a war against aliens who relives the day of his death over and over. His repeated battle experience hardens his resolve and makes him a better soldier. The March 14, 2014 release date will put All You Need Is Kill up against Disney’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie. Mark your calendars for March 15, 2014 when every box office report is about the “Clash of the Titans” between Cruise and Jolie.
Hit the jump for the synopsis for All You Need Is Kill. The film also stars Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.
Tom Hardy is one of the most intense actors in the game today; he’ll need that fire in his attempt to summit Mt. Everest in director Doug Liman’s (The Bourne Identity) new picture about the indomitable peak. Everest, adapted from Jeffrey Archer’s book, Paths Of Glory, Everest, by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), centers on George Mallory and his three attempts in the early 1920s to become the first man to climb the world’s highest mountain. Two guesses on who Hardy is in talks to play. Hit the jump for more.
With writer-director Rian Johnson‘s Looper opening this weekend, all week I’ll be running exclusive video interviews with the cast and Johnson. The film takes place in a future where time travel exists, but it’s only used on the black market. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a “Looper”, a hitman who is contracted to kill people that are sent back in time, and then disposes of the bodies so the victim technically no longer exists. Things go awry when his future self (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time as a target and then escapes. The film also stars Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, and Paul Dano. For more on the film, here are 4 clips and Matt’s review.
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I got to speak with Emily Blunt. We talked about the Looper script, if she’s a fan of the sci-fi/time travel genre, t-shirts, deleted scenes, and more. In addition, with Blunt getting ready to start filming director Doug Liman‘s All You Need is Kill with Tom Cruise, I asked her what it’s about and she said it’s “Groundhog Day with strange creatures taking over the planet.” Hit the jump to watch.
It’s a banner day for fans of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” since Bill Paxton and Tom Cruise may finally star together for the first time in their thirty-year careers. Paxton is in negotiations to join director Doug Liman’s All You Need is Kill at Warner Bros. The sci-fi actioner based on a Japanese graphic-novel already stars Cruise as a soldier in a war against aliens who relives the day of his death over and over. His repeated battle experience hardens his resolve and makes him a better soldier. Paxton is in talks to play Cruise’s tough platoon leader. Hit the jump for more on All You Need is Kill.
It’s been a decade since Doug Liman helmed the spy-actioner The Bourne Identity, but it appears he’s readying a return to the genre. Deadline reports that Sony has acquired author Olen Steinhauer’s series of novels The Tourist, Nearest Exit, and An American Spy with Liman attached to direct. Matt Corman and Chris Ord (Covert Affairs) are set to write the screenplay for an adaptation of The Tourist. The series centers on Milo Weaver, “a burned out spy for a clandestine US intelligence agency that battles global organized crime, terrorists and the like.” Weaver’s happiness is threatened when an investigation into the death of a target he’s been hunting begins.
The story feels like familiar territory for Liman, but he made two entertaining action-thrillers with Bourne and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, so it’s reasonable to assume he’d bring the same enthusiasm to this material. He’s next set to direct the sci-fi actioner All You Need Is Kill with Tom Cruise, but with Corman and Ord just now getting to work on the script it may be some time before we see The Tourist move forward.
The Bourne franchise is at a crossroads. Does the success of each movie depend on Matt Damon, or can Universal turn Bourne into Bond, an evergreen series that rotates in fresh blood every few movies? To explore that question, I tried to capture how the series has evolved over the last decade with Bourne by the Numbers. The feature provides a numbers-based snapshot of each movie and its place in the filmography by looking at the box office, critical reception, and miscellaneous facts.
Hit the jump for a comprehensive review of the Bourne movies, featuring The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Bourne Legacy.
[With The Bourne Legacy set to open this Friday, we'll be taking a look back at the original Bourne trilogy. These reviews will contain spoilers since the movies have been out for years. Click here for my review of The Bourne Identity.]
The identity of the Bourne franchise begins in the third act of The Bourne Identity. It’s when the character’s strengths and weaknesses begin to arise, and The Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass took note of where not only the character was going, but where America was going. The Bourne Identity came out in June 2002, and the sense of our country’s post-9/11 world was still hazy. By the time The Bourne Supremacy arrived on July 23, 2004, the reverberations were clear. We had been led into a war based on faulty intelligence that was cherry-picked so that we could attack a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. Greengrass wasn’t obligated to insert the subtext into his spy thriller, but he was savvy enough to leave the political commentary simmering underneath an intense action flick that not only boosted Matt Damon‘s credibility as a kick-ass hero, but found a way to use hand-held cinematography to its full effect rather than a lazy shortcut.
[With The Bourne Legacy set to open this Friday, we'll be taking a look back at the original Bourne trilogy. These reviews will contain spoilers since the movies have been out for years.]
In the years following his breakthrough success with Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon‘s career had hit a snag. He was a talented actor who had made a series of bad choices in terms of leading roles. Furthermore, he had never taken on the role of an action hero, but Universal took a chance on the actor, and had him star in the thriller The Bourne Identity. Director Doug Liman has also never done an action film before, and had made his name on the indie features Swingers and Go. Strangely, neither the director nor his star does a particularly great job with the film, but it was a hit and led to two excellent features once Paul Greengrass took over the franchise. I didn’t care much for The Bourne Identity when I saw it back when it was released in 2002. I hadn’t revisited the movie until today, and unfortunately, it still has a lot of problems. Thankfully, these problems then serve to illustrate what makes the character works and separates him from other action heroes.
Lionsgate has landed the rights to Time and Again, a sci-fi romance novel from late author Jack Finney which has been sought after for some time. The illustrated novel from the author of “The Body Snatcher” centers on Simon Morley, an illustrator living in Manhattan who volunteers for a military experiment that sends him back in time to 1882. When he falls for a woman in the 19th century, Si (as he’s often referred to) must choose between two lovers in two very different time periods. Lionsgate has tapped Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) to direct; Liman will also producer with Hypnotic partner, Dave Bartis. Hit the jump for more from Time and Again.
On February 2nd, the dramedy series I Just Want My Pants Back, executive produced by Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity, Go, Swingers), premieres on MTV. A funny, honest portrayal of friendships and relationships among a group of 20-something friends in Brooklyn, it tells the story of Jason Strider (Peter Vack), his best friend Tina (Kim Shaw), and Eric (Jordan Carlos) and Stacey (Elisabeth Hower). When a one night stand steals Jason’s heart and his pants, he begins a quest to get his beloved jeans back, and hopefully find the girl, while growing up along the way.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Doug Liman talked about how and when he got involved with I Just Want My Pants Back, what makes MTV the perfect home for the show, the challenge of finding a talented and attractive cast of actors who was relatively unknown, and that he’s confidant they’ll get a Season 2 because he feels like the audience is going to have the same emotional response to the characters that he does. He also talked about the challenge of balancing producing the TV show with his feature film career as a director, how he’s hoping All You Need Is Kill (starring Tom Cruise) will be his next film, and that he plans to make Everest (about George Mallory and his three attempts in the early 1920′s to become the first man to climb the world’s highest mountain), after that. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
On February 2nd, the dramedy series I Just Want My Pants Back, executive produced by Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity, Go, Swingers), premieres on MTV. It is a funny, honest portrayal of friendships and relationships among a group of 20-something friends in Brooklyn.
While we will run what Liman had to say about the promising new series, during a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, closer to the premiere date, we did want to share the updates about his future projects. He said that he hopes his next project will be All You Need is Kill (about a solider fighting in a war with aliens who finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, and becoming better skilled along the way), for Warner Bros. with Tom Cruise, and that the script is really cool and unlike anything he’s ever read. He also still hopes to make Everest (about George Mallory and his three attempts in the early 1920′s to become the first man to climb the world’s highest mountain), and is preparing to climb Mt. Washington again, as part of his research for the film. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
In October, we reported that Tom Cruise was in talks to star in Doug Liman‘s sci-fi action film All You Need Is Kill. We also reported that the title had been changed to We Are Mortals, but Variety is referring to the film by its original title (which is the one I prefer since it’s catchier). The movie is similar to Source Code in that involves a soldier getting killed over and over again. However, this time around the soldier is involved in a war against aliens and has to keep reliving the day he was killed in battle. However, reliving this experience makes him a better soldier. Presumably he’ll memorize the location of all the weapon drops and how to ruin the game for anyone who doesn’t spend every waking hour playing it God I hate online first person shooters so much.
Hit the jump for more on All You Need Is Kill. Cruise will next be seen in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which opens in IMAX on December 16th before going wide on December 21st.
Warner Bros. is in search of a major star to topline their adaptation of All You Need Is Kill, now going by the title We Are Mortals. The studio first wanted Brad Pitt, a natural choice since his Mr. and Mrs. Smith director Doug Liman is the man in charge of Mortals. Pitt must not have jumped at the chance to reunite with Liman, because according to THR, Warner Bros. is in talks with Tom Cruise for the starring role. The news is briefly mentioned in one of those “Tom Cruise Is Back!” features the trades are fond of. (It’s worth a read if you can stomach revelations like, “[Cruise is] working cheaper at times—sources say he’s getting just $5 million for Ages.” In other words: not worth a read.)
The premise of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel is an eye-catcher: “A young Army recruit who, despite being killed in the first day of intergalactic alien invasion of Earth, is continually resurrected Groundhog Day–style to the day before he was killed.” Full synopsis after the jump.
Director Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) recently had his sci-fi heist flick Luna put on hold, and he turned his attention to the sci-fi action movie All You Need Is Kill, but now he’s got a non sci-fi project on the horizon. Deadline reports that Liman is on board to direct Everest based on Jeffrey Archer’s book Paths of Glory with the screenplay written by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air). The non-fiction novel chronicles British mountain-climber George Mallory’s three attempts to reach the top of Mount Everest. Mallory was a devoted family man and his attempts to climb Everest made him a hero to Great Britain, but he fell short of his attempts to reach the top without oxygen tanks in 1921 and 1922. Mallory and his climbing partner Sandy Irvine changed their tactics for their final 1924 climb, but they disappeared into the clouds as they made their final approach and were never heard from again. Debate continues to this day as to whether or not they actually made it to the peak.
Liman, who is an avid climber and a fan of Mallory’s story, still has Luna and All You Need Is Kill in addition to Everest, and there’s no word on which of these three projects will go before cameras first, although Deadline says Everest “is a priority at Sony.” Hit the jump for a synopsis of Paths of Glory.