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After Rupert Wyatt left the project, there were a lot of directors rumored to be in the running to direct Fox's latest Mutant adaptation, Gambit. Shane Black, F. Gary Gray, and John Cornish to be exact.
However, The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Doug Liman is in final negotiations to direct the Cajun Mutant.
Let's get to know a little of about Mr. Liman. You may not have heard of him but you definitely know of his work. He had a hand in every single Bourne movie starring Matt Damon and even directed The Bourne Identity. Plus, he's the man behind one of the greatest power couples in Hollywood as he was the director of Mr. & Mrs. Smith! His latest piece of directing that you'd know about was Tom Cruise's futuristic respawning movie, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Last month, word surfaced that Doug Liman was on track to get the director's chair for Channing Tatum's "Gambit" after Rupert Wyatt exited the superhero movie earlier this year. But it would seem it's taken a while to get the ink dry on the contracts, but nonetheless the filmmaker has the job and has beaten some pretty touch competition to get it. THR reveals that Joe Cornish ("Attack The Block"; please make another movie soon), Shane Black ("Iron Man 3"), and, F. Gary Gray (who is making the next "Fast & Furious" movie) were all in the mix for the job. Liman still has the reputation he earned on movies like "The Bourne Identity" for being hard to manage and going over budget, but it's reported that producer Simon Kinberg (who worked with the director on "Mr. & Mrs. Smith") will “exercise a strong hand” behind the scenes to make sure everything stays on target. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Will Gambit be able to keep it's October 2016 release date? That's the question on everyone's mind as 20th Century Fox furiously searches for a director to take over the Channing Tatum X-Men spinoff. All eyes are now on Doug Liman. Rupert Wyatt abandoned the movie about a card-throwing mutant earlier in the year, citing creative differences.
Gambit is still holding onto its October 7, 2016 release date. Barely. Things need to move fast for that to still happen. And the studio has gone through a whirlwind of directing choices, but it's been notoriously hard to find anyone who wants to attach themselves to this Cajun superhero adventure. But now, it looks like Doug Liman may be ready to accept an offer. If you're not familiar with the name, he's the man behind the sleeper hit Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. And he recently reunited with the actor for the upcoming drug smuggling drama Mena. »
The production of Gambit has had a rocky gestation, struggling to find a director before landing on Planet of the Apes' Rupert Wyatt, who would go on to drop out. Then, it looked as though their star Channing Tatum might drop out, too (but don't worry! He's still in!). Now THR reports that Doug Liman is in final talks to take the reins. He knows his way around an action film (also, troubled productions) having made The Bourne Identity, The Edge of Tomorrow, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. So, let's woo Rogue and get this show on the road, eh, mon ami? »
- E. Alex Jung
Last month we brought you word that Doug Liman was being courted by Fox to directing its planned Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum as the Ragin' Cajun and Lea Seydoux as Bella Donna Boudreaux, and now THR is reporting that the Edge Of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity director is in final negotiations to helm the X-Men spinoff. If Liman does officially sign on, he'll be taking over for Rupert... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Channing Tatum has been interested in making "X-Men" spinoff "Gambit" for years, but apparently, not everyone in Hollywood shares his vision. The flick had a hard time securing a director, and when it finally did, he bailed on the job. Now, it appears that a replacement has been selected.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Doug Liman is the new top choice for the directing gig, and is currently in final negotiations to take over from the recently-departed Rupert Wyatt. Liman has plenty of experience in the action genre, helming 2014's "Edge of Tomorrow" and past hits including "The Bourne Identity" and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."
While THR notes that those latter two films had trouble-laden shoots, both were big hits with critics and audiences alike. And according to the trade, Liman reportedly has a close relationship with "Gambit" producer Simon Kinberg, who will help steer the proceedings.
It's basically do or »
- Katie Roberts
The Gambit movie has been in development for a long time over at Fox. We have a star in Channing Tatum, but since last month we haven’t had a director after Rupert Wyatt left the X-Men spin-off project. Well, it looks like Fox have potentially found his replacement in Edge Of Tomorrow helmer Doug Liman.
Liman, who has also directed the likes of Go, Swingers, Jumper and films with more that one-word titles like Mr & Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity, has a lot of projects on the go at the moment, including a couple with Tom Cruise (Mena, Luna Park). However, it looks like he might jump on the Gambit ship to get the movie on track for its scheduled release date of October 7, 2016. That seems a little ambitious with it being like, November 2016, right? Still, the studio (Fox) still haven’t moved it, and Liman is in »
- Paul Heath
Tatum will play the fan-favorite Marvel Comics character, a New Orleans-born mutant who can manipulate kinetic energy. Lea Seydoux is also onboard as the female lead - the guild of assassins leader Bella Donna Boudreaux.
The film opens in cinemas October 7th next year.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Currently, 20th Century Fox has its X-Men spin-off, Gambit, set for release next October. Given that production hasn't started, and that the film has been without a director since Rupert Wyatt departed a month or two back, it would be fair to say the clock is ticking. Eleven months isn't an awful lot of time to turn a massive blockbuster around.
However, progress looks like it's been made.
The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news that Doug Liman - of Edge Of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity fame - is in talks to take on directing the Gambit movie. Liman has just wrapped filming on Mena, starring Tom Cruise, and the story also notes that producer Simon Kinberg "will exercise a strong hand" over the production.
Doug Liman is nearing a deal to direct Channing Tatum‘s comic book movie “Gambit” for 20th Century Fox, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap Thursday. Liman had been rumored for the gig for the past several weeks. Simon Kinberg is producing the film, which is a spinoff of the X-men franchise. Liman previously directed “The Bourne Identity” and Tom Cruise‘s “Edge of Tomorrow.” Also Read: Director Rupert Wyatt Exits Channing Tatum's Troubled 'Gambit' Movie He’s represented by CAA. “Gambit” is slated to arrive in theaters next fall. »
- Jeff Sneider
The Doha Film Institute has announced the competition line-up for the third edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival (Nov 29 - Dec 5), comprising feature films from 20 countries as well as a series of short film programmes.
The jury will be made up of more than 500 young people, aged 8-21, who will watch a programme of films under three competitive sections - Mohaq, Hilal, and Bader - followed by discussions and events including panels, workshops and Q&A sessions with filmmakers.
Each of the three Ajyal Juries will award a Best Film prize to their favourite short and feature-length films, for a total of six awards. The directors of the winning films are awarded funding toward their next film.
The jury includes 24 international jurors who will travel to Doha for the event from 12 countries »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Possessing some of the flavor of “National Treasure,” “Agent X” takes the amusing step of investing the Vice President’s office with secret constitutional powers, all for the purpose of concocting a Yankee version of James Bond. And wonder of wonders, it mostly works, at least initially, combining a sense of playfulness with bountiful action and, less successfully, a sweeping conspiracy. Al Gore once joked about the VP being addressed as “Your Adequacy,” but this TNT drama – which feels like a throwback to around the time Gore was sworn in – is actually closer to “Your Pretty Goodness.”
Sharon Stone plays Vice President Natalie Maccabee, who shortly after being ushered to her new residence discovers a hidden passage. “You just beat Lyndon Johnson’s record,” she’s told by her steward, Malcolm Millar (Gerald McRaney), who actually presides over the “Agent X” program, which authorizes the VP to tackle threats foreign and domestic, »
- Brian Lowry
Variety is reporting that "Nightcrawler" actor Riz Ahmed has joined the untitled "Bourne 5" film which is currently filming with director Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") and actor Matt Damon ("The Martian") reprising his role as spy Jason Bourne. Variety points out that Ahmed will play a CIA tech specialist who plays a key role in the film.
Ahmed was the top choice for the role, but scheduling conflicts with Disney and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Rogue One" prevented him from signing on earlier for the role. Ahmed joins a cast that includes Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Scott Shepherd, Tommy Lee Jones, and Julia Stiles.
Matt Damon starred in three "Bourne" films which included "The Bourne Identity" (2002), "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004), and "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), which grossed a total of $1 billion at the worldwide box-office. Actor Jeremy Renner ("American Hustle") starred in the spin-off, "The Bourne Legacy", in 2012 with writer-director Tony Gilroy, who co-wrote all three "Bourne" films. »
- J.B. Casas
Ricky Church continues his countdown to Spectre with a review of Quantum of Solace…
Though the James Bond series is over 20 films long, it is very rare any of them contain continuity references to the previous films. It is rarer still for a Bond film to follow-up on a previous film. This makes Quantum of Solace unique in the franchise as it is a direct sequel to Casino Royale.
Following Bond’s capture of Mr. White, Bond takes it upon himself to discover and dismantle Quantum, the mysterious organization behind Le Chiffre’s operation and Vesper’s betrayal and suicide. This leads him to Dominic Greene, an influential environmental activist who also happens to be one of Quantum’s top leaders. Bond’s quest, however, puts him at odds with M as she believes his drive for revenge is interfering with his better judgment.
While Quantum is an adequate Bond film, »
- Ricky Church
Now that Rupert Wyatt has vacated the director’s chair on 20th Century Fox’s long-gestating adaptation of Gambit, the studio has reportedly compiled a shortlist of candidates to helm the live-action standalone feature.
Coming by way of Heroic Hollywood, the studio has seemingly narrowed its search down to a trio of potential directors. In accordance with previous reports, Edge of Tomorrow‘s Doug Liman is indeed in contention, with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) and Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) rounding out the final shortlist.
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Out of the trio in question, Shane Black is the busiest of the bunch, putting the final touches to his mystery thriller The Nice Guys. Beyond that, he’s also in line to take the reins of Fox’s Predator reboot, which has languished in development for years at this point. On the other hand, »
- Michael Briers
Open Road Films
There is nothing more unequivocally human than the will to survive. We refuse to accept defeat, to give into death; life is more than just for living – it’s for conquering.
Whether isolated in sprawling forests, covertly entering enemy territories or scaling through the endless nothingness to hunt for their meal, the silver screen has forever been populated by characters with the mentality and ability to prosper. From the ordinary hero to the highly-equipped assassin, these film icons must adopt and execute a very particular set of skills in order to thrive, succeed and ensure they are still upon this earth in time for tomorrow.
Our world is a jungle; packed full of dangers and obstacles, many of which perhaps seem too challenging to overcome, but not for these select few. Here’s our list which honours the ten boldest, bravest and most bad-ass cinematic survivors.
10. Jason »
- Chris Haydon
The Gambit movie which has seen its fair share of rumors, speculation, and delays now looks to be trying to get back on track with a new director. Rupart Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise of The Planet of The Apes) was going to take on directing duties but last month exited the project. Well it’s being reported now that Doug Liman(The Bourne Identity, Jumper) is now being courted to take over as director of the popular X-Man.
However he is apparently still working on the next Tom Cruise movie Mena and Gambit has a schedule to begin shooting this Spring. Liman is also known for going over budget and schedule but his movies have been very solid over the year. Hey if you’re going to do something, do it right. Could this mean yet another setback for this property? We do have a script which was based off »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason The X)
The actor is courting Doug Liman for Fox's X-Men spinoff, according to The Wrap's Jeff Sneider.
It was previously rumoured in July that Tatum himself had left Gambit, although he later returned to the movie.
For those of us who didn't watch the '90s X-Men cartoon, Gambit - aka Remy LeBeau - is a Cajun thief with the mutant power to make things explode and to talk in the third person.
As it stands, we're sceptical about the movie's chances, but »
Having lost Rupert Wyatt to creative differences and/or scheduling conflicts last month, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spinoff Gambit has been on the hunt for a new director. And now, thankfully, it seems to be zeroing in on a good one. Rumor has it Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman is wanted for Gambit, […]
- Angie Han
For a project as high profile as 20th Century Fox's "Gambit," things have been relatively quiet since Rupert Wyatt exited the film last month. The word around the campfire was that the studio and filmmaker weren't gelling about his vision for the project, and while a 2016 fall release date remains on the calendar for "Gambit," it'll be interesting to see if that sticks. The production was supposed to begin this fall, but has now been pushed to next spring, and at the moment, there is still no director attached, but a potential name has emerged. Mike Fleming over at Deadline reveals that "recent Hollywood chatter has Doug Liman on an inside track to direct Channing Tatum in 'Gambit. ' " The filmmaker's schedule seems to be open for the gig, having already wrapped on the Tom Cruise drug dealer thriller "Mena," and there's no question Liman has the chops for »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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