The Bourne Identity

The Bourne film series may have come to outstay its welcome today, but 15 years ago, The Bourne Identity was a plucky spy thriller starring a rising dramatic actor making his first venture into the action genre.

Without high expectations for the film, director Doug Liman and star Matt Damon debated giving The Bourne Identity a dramatic twist — by killing off its title character at the end of the film. Clearly, that did not happen, and Jason Bourne went on to become the quintessential cinematic spy of the 21st century.

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American Made Bill Clinton

An actor playing a young version of former President George W. Bush has a brief cameo appearance in American Made, the newest film from director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow), but the filmmaker’s drug smuggling period piece very nearly included an appearance from another former president. According to a new report, Bill Clinton was nearly depicted getting a lap dance in an Arkansas strip club. The Tom Cruise movie establishes a small Arkansas city as a hub of the Columbian drug trade, and Clinton was the state’s governor at the time.
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Doug Liman interview

Filmmaker Doug Liman and superstar Tom Cruise have a good thing going at the moment. After making one of the most enjoyable popcorn movies in recent memory, Edge of Tomorrow, the two started working together on a few projects, including their latest film, American Made. As he did with Edge of Tomorrow, Liman focused on bringing out more of Cruise’s comedic chops with the rise-and-fall tale that’s based on a true story.

As Barry Seal, Cruise plays a happy-go-lucky, adventure-seeking pilot who doesn’t give much thought to consequences. The actor makes the character an enigmatic, empathetic, and highly-skilled goof, someone who’s easy to root for even when he’s making a lot of bad decisions. Seal has a surprising amount of charm – something Cruise can deliver in spades.

When we recently spoke with Liman, the filmmaker behind The Bourne IdentitySwingers, and Go gave us a little insight into his relationship with Cruise, his interest in Barry Seal, and the adventure and uncertainty he desires with each project. Below, check out our Doug Liman interview.

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oyelowo hemsworth

It’s been five years since director Drew Goddard‘s The Cabin in the Woods came out. Now, the screenwriter behind The Martian is getting ready for his sophomore effort behind the camera: Bad Times at the El Royale, which is a great, distinctive title. For his next movie, he’ll reunite with one of his stars from his debut film, Chris Hemsworth, who will star alongside Jeff Bridges in the 20th Century Fox project.

Meanwhile, David Oyelowo (Selma) has boarded the next film from director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), Chaos Walking.

Below, learn more about Goddard and Liman’s next films.

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Jumper TV show

There are now not one, but two Jumper-related shows in the works right now. The director of the 2008 film, Doug Liman, is revisiting author Steven Gould‘s world with a Youtube Red Series. Whether Liman’s series, titled Impulse, has any relation to his critically panned sci-fi film is unknown, but the Jumper series starring Jamie Bell will. The star of The Adventures of Tintin and AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies may reprise his role as Griffin, who was one of the original film’s bright spots.

Below, learn more about the newly announced Jumper TV show.

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American Made Featurette

Right now Tom Cruise is out of commission with a broken ankle, halting the production of Mission: Impossible 6 for anywhere from six weeks to three months. But if you still need your fix of Cruise in the meantime this fall will deliver a big dose of the international superstar in the true story of an airline pilot turned drug and gun trafficker and money launderer for the government.

American Made tells the real story of a man named Barry Seal who was recruited by the CIA to do some shady business dealings with some of the most notorious drug kingpins of the 1980s, and he was paid handsomely for it. For those who maybe don’t know about the true story, a new American Made featurette shows Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman recounting what they learned about the real Barry Seal, complete with new footage from the movie itself. Read More »

live die repeat title

Edge of Tomorrow is one of the most unfortunate cases of a studio movie underperforming in the last few years. Most seem to agree it’s a high-quality summer movie, but it didn’t immediately strike a chord with audiences at the domestic box-office back in 2015. Some lay blame on the title, which director Doug Liman also didn’t love.

Below, Liman talks about why he prefers the title Live Die Repeat.

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Jumper TV Series

Doug Liman is returning to a world of teleporters for YouTube. The director is working on another adaptation of Steven Gould‘s science-fiction series, which he adapted into the 2008 film, Jumper. Liman’s new series is based on the third book in the series, Impulse. The filmmaker behind Edge of Tomorrow and Swingers will produce and direct the pilot.

Below, learn more about the Jumper TV series.

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edge of tomorrow sequel

Edge of Tomorrow is easily one of the best sci-fi films of the decade. But unfortunately it’s plagued by low box office numbers and an ending that undercut the rest of the movie. But hopefully the movie’s strong afterlife on home video and the promise of a sequel (whatever terrible name it’s saddled with) will fix both of these things.

Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who is expected to be heavily involved in the sequel, promises that we’ll see the Edge of Tomorrow ending explained in the follow-up.

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Unearthed

I’m a fan of Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman, but we’ve been writing so much about him lately that I’m almost sick of seeing the dude’s name. But when you’re one of Hollywood’s most in-demand filmmakers, “being too prolific” is likely a problem he’s happy to have.

Last year, the director was flirting with the possibility of directing a film adaptation of a forthcoming young adult novel called Unearthed, which was described as “Indiana Jones meets Tomb Rader, in space.” Now Liman is officially attached, and the project has secured a couple of writers to boot.
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