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Author: Scott Davis
It has been a difficult week for all concerned with the sad news concerning Justice League’s Zack Snyder and his family which has seen the director depart from the finishing the project with Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron helmer Joss Whedon stepping in to help complete the film and oversee the reshoots that are scheduled.
Now it has been announced that Doug Liman has exited the mooted Justice League Dark project, which is currently in pre-production, via THR. The filmmaker of Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity has departed citing “scheduling conflicts” – indeed, it’s the second superhero film the director has left in the past couple of years as he was attached to 20th Century Fox/Marvel’s Gambit, starring Channing Tatum in the lead role, which has been stuck in pre-production limbo for a while.
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- Scott Davis
Churchill, the new drama directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), looks at the actions of the British wartime prime minister in the days before the 1944 D-day landings, at a time when his uncertainty over invading Normandy clashed with the gung-ho spirit of his political opponents.
Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Braveheart, Troy) stars as Sir Winston Churchill and Golden Globe-winner Miranda Richardson plays his headstrong wife Clementine, while Mad Men’s John Slattery makes for a spiky General Eisenhower.
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- Guardian Staff
Doug Liman No Longer Attached To Direct Justice League Dark The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman has departed from the production team of Warner Bros.‘ planned DC Comics adaptation Justice League Dark. Liman’s exit comes a little under a year after his departure from another superhero-related project. That production was none other [...]
- Reggie Peralta
Simon Brew May 23, 2017
The 12A rating is a growing problem in UK cinemas. And it's one that seems impossible to fix now...
The summer blockbuster season is well underway now, and as a consequence, a procession of big films are waltzing in and out of multiplexes. Popcorn is duly being sold, although not quite as much as last year.
The live action tentpole files, as is the norm, all arrive with a 12A rating – PG-13 in the Us – which in itself has become less of a problem in terms of what’s within the film itself. The umbrella of what a 12A allows is broad enough to allow Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films, for instance, to squeeze through without a cut made. And whilst clearly movies are being shaped with such a rating in mind, I don’t see signs anymore of edges being cut off. Hopefully, the days »
Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has played his fair share of superheroes from the title character in Kick-Ass to Quicksilver in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron, but in Doug Liman’s The Wall, he gets to play a real superhero; Sergeant Allen Isaac, a soldier in Iraq trapped behind the title wall and pinned down by a sniper. Said sniper finds a way to tap into Isaac’s earpiece, and he begins to play mind games with the young soldier while trying to find out more about his life, and his past.
It’s a fantastic role for Taylor-Johnson with Liman’s camera trained on him for much of the film, creating the same kind of tension Liman brought to his earlier films, Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity.
Lrm got on the phone with Taylor-Johnson from the L.A. junket last week:
Lrm: I spoke with Doug and he »
- Edward Douglas
As specialized distributors head to Cannes, Eleanor Coppola’s French valentine “Paris Can Wait” (Sony Pictures Classics) scored with arthouse moviegoers. It’s only the fourth 2017 limited release to break the increasingly rare $20,000 per-theater-average mark.
These days, movies with older audience appeal are sustaining the market — and will likely form the core demo for similar available new films at Cannes. Eleanor Coppola (“Apocalypse Now” documentary “Heart of Darkness”) makes her narrative film debut at 81 with her semi-autobiographical first screenplay, starring Diane Lane as the wife of a self-involved film producer (Alec Baldwin).
New York also saw a handful of other small but still promising initial results, led by Cate Blanchett stunt-theater piece “Manifesto” (Film Rise), Israeli marriage story “The Wedding Plan” (Roadside Attractions) and “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” (First Run).
- Tom Brueggemann
Largely alone onscreen for most of the 81-minute running time of the tight new psychological thriller The Wall, Aaron Taylor-Johnson dominates this engrossing and challenging work that grown-up audiences just might want to choose over King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Snatched this weekend. As I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), director Doug Liman — who helmed such big action pictures as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow… »
Plot: Two soldiers on duty in Iraq find themselves the target of a mysterious sniper. Review: Doug Liman is no stranger to action. Edge Of Tomorrow, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and of course The Bourne Identity all managed to give audiences an exciting time at the movies. In his latest, The Wall, he takes on the very serious subject of war. Much like other feature films that examine the horrors... Read More »
No matter what genre he explores, Doug Liman works best in grounded territory. The director behind “Swingers,” “Go,” “The Bourne Identity” and “Edge of Tomorrow,” to name a handful, knows how to make gripping, involving and often darkly funny pictures, so long as the characters are developed and the worlds they inhabit are fleshed out. It makes sense that the high-concept “Jumper” is one where he lost a grip on the proceedings.
- Will Ashton
Lionsgate Intl. has added sci-fi drama “Chaos Walking,” directed by “The Bourne Identity” helmer Doug Liman, to its Cannes Market sales slate. The cast is led by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, who stars in “Spider-Man Homecoming.”
The script, which is based on the book series by Patrick Ness (“A Monster Calls”), was written by John Lee Hancock (“Snow White and the Huntsman”), Ness, and Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich”). The movie is produced by Allison Shearmur, whose credits include “Star Wars: Rogue One” and “Cinderella,” and Doug Davison, whose credits include “The Departed.”
The film centers on Todd Hewitt (Holland), who lives in Prentisstown, “seemingly the last settlement on the distant, rugged planet of New World,” according to a statement. The village was colonized “a generation earlier by settlers from Earth seeking a better life, [but] has been reduced to a population »
- Leo Barraclough
Director Doug Liman’s The Wall is not about Donald Trump’s wall on the Mexican border, the Berlin Wall that symbolized the divide between communist and capitalist countries in the Cold War, or even the Great Wall the Chinese built along their border. No, this wall is the crumbling remains of what was once a building in a contemporary desert war, zone a wall behind which a sniper may be hiding and which later shelters an American serviceman pinned down in that dusty war.
Liman is a skillful film maker but this a decidedly smaller film for the director behind The Bourne Identity and many others. The intimate war drama The Wall starts out in a contemporary desert war zone with a pair of U.S. Army Rangers, Sgt. Allen Isaac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Staff Sgt. »
- Cate Marquis
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.
World Wrestling Entertainment superstar John Cena is on the show this week discussing his new film “The Wall,” from director Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Edge of Tomorrow”). The 40-year-old sports entertainer is fresh from a very public proposal to his fiancee Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace (aka Nikki Bella) at WrestleMania last month, and of late, he’s been stepping up his Hollywood presence in films like “Sisters,” “Trainwreck” and the upcoming animated “Ferdinand.”
But he first waded into the industry a decade ago with films like “The Marine” and “12 Rounds.” He admits, however, that he was going through the motions at the time.
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- Kristopher Tapley
Though Doug Liman has built much of his blockbuster filmography on memorable action set-pieces, from The Bourne Identity all the way through Edge of Tomorrow, his earlier work (Swingers, Go) speaks to a more efficient, character-driven filmmaker. His new picture The Wall feels like a little bit of both. We got a chance to chat with the director about the film, the intricate design of the titular wall and how he deals with his short attention span while making movies.
You’ve worked on a decent amount of action thrillers. What jumped out to you when you read this script?
The reason why I’m drawn to making action movies is because I love pinning characters down in impossible situations and then seeing how they survive. And, you know, I’ve created some pretty outrageous situations; spies with amnesia or aliens and time travel in Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow. »
- Dan Mecca
With hits like The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Edge of Tomorrow under his belt, director Doug Liman has had the chance to make smaller, more intimate movies in between, and that certainly can be said for The Wall, his latest movie.
The Wall begins with two soldiers, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, out in the broiling hot Iraqi Desert as the war has come to an end, as they investigate a situation where contractors were killed, presumably by an expert sniper. When the two soldiers get separated, Taylor-Johnson’s Sergeant Allen Isaac ends up stranded behind a wall, the only thing protecting him from the sniper who taps into his ear piece and starts playing mind games with him.
While this is a relatively smaller movie for Liman, it doesn’t lack in the tension and excitement of his earlier films, while also in the »
- Edward Douglas
Author: Scott Davis
Doug Liman is perhaps one of Hollywood’s unsung directors. Making his name with Swingers back in 1996 before moving onto such films as The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Edge of Tomorrow, Liman has been relatively prolific over the last decade and has slowly been enticed into even bigger films and the lure of comic books movies.
While promoting his new film The Wall this weekend, Liman has been speaking about some his upcoming projects including the newly announced Edge of Tomorrow sequel, whilst speaking to We Got This Covered not least the two superhero films that he has been linked with in the last year: Gambit and Justice League Dark.
On the former, the long-gestating X-Men spin-off that is set to star Channing Tatum (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Liman says that his departure was simply a case that he didn’t feel emotionally engaged with »
- Scott Davis
Don Kaye May 9, 2017
With the DC Extended Universe in a constant state of change, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Justice League Dark, a.k.a. Dark Universe, the film (not to be confused with the recently released animated feature) focusing on the supernatural side of the DC canon and characters like John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Etrigan the Demon, Deadman, Spectre, and Zatanna.
Guillermo del Toro was attached as a director for a long time, but last August it was announced that he was stepping aside (although remaining as a producer) and Doug Liman was taking over behind the camera. While Liman’s The Bourne Identity was a superhero movie in some ways, this would be the first foray into a comic book universe »
Dark Universe, or Justice League Dark, is the most exciting DC Extended Universe project for me. For those not familiar with the comic or animated feature, no, Justice League Dark is not an evil Justice League. Jld is a "team" of individuals who specialize in magic and the supernatural, including of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. I use "team" loosely, as these would-be heroes get along worse than the Guardians of the Galaxy or Task Force X from Suicide Squad. And it's all because you can never trust John Constantine.
Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity) was attached to the project last August, not long after he exited Fox's Gambit. Horror is essential to pulling off Justice League Dark, but Liman has little to no experience in the genre. Liman discussed with »
- Nick Doll
Author: Scott Davis
There have been a few underrated blockbusters over the last few years but perhaps none have had the critical and audience response to them quite like Edge of Tomorrow. The 2014 action sci-fi extravaganza, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, wasn’t a huge success when it first came out (grossing $370million from a $178million budget) but was a firm favourite of many.
It’s Groundhog Day-esque premise, which saw Cruise’s Maj. William Cage thrown into a war with seemingly impenetrable aliens, only to relive the same brutal battle over and over again – dying pretty much every time due to a strange time loop. His only hope of survival stands with Emily Blunt’s Rita Vrataski, who trains him to become a more effective killer and to help him stay alive.
The film had a great premise, great visual and a compelling, »
- Scott Davis
Hi, welcome, my name’s Kieran and I’ve joined Nerdly for a new/rebooted weekly column talking about some of the best comics every week in quick-hit, bite-sized chunks to give you an idea of what to grab at your local comic shop/digital comics provider. This week is a massive week for number one issues, so what better way to celebrate the start of a new chapter of Panel Discussion than to highlight some of these awesome debut issues.
Marvel has a really strong week this week for #1s, the most impressive of which is Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward’s Black Bolt #1 which sees The Silent King trapped in a cosmic prison with his only ally being Crusher Creel Aka The Absorbing Man. I’ve been rather critical of Marvel’s recent trend of hiring novelists over comics writers, but Ahmed shows an immediate understanding of the »
- Kieran Shiach
In the vast majority of war movies, the act of combat is a show of force in which the stronger side wins, barreling through the enemy’s defenses like a bowling ball. But in “The Wall,” war is like a protracted game of chess, where each side is down to its final pieces on the board, and strategy matters.
A lean, back-to-basics thriller from director Doug Liman (who made the original “The Bourne Identity”) and first-time screenwriter Dwain Worrell (whose tricky script landed on the Black List), this wide-release Amazon Original film pits a pair of American snipers against an unknown foe, who just might be the notorious Iraqi sniper known as Juba, aka “the angel of death” — an adversary with 75 U.S. casualties notched on his belt, and countless others unconfirmed.
As this high-tension standoff escalates, we never learn who the mystery shooter is, though this much is certain: »
- Peter Debruge
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