Some books never die in Hollywood. One of those is Time and Again, a time-travel adventure love story publishes as an illustrated novel from author Jack Finney. (Who also wrote The Body Snatchers, upon which several Invasion of the Body Snatchers films were based.) The book follows a New York illustrator who, through a government program, is sent from his present back to 1882 NYC, where he finds a new life and love. Eventually, he has to choose between his old life and the new.

The novel has been in development for many years, with Robert Redford initially kicking off the project at Universal almost twenty years ago. There was a point where it almost went to TV, and many directors, writers and producers have flirted with it in the past couple decades.

Now Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Fair Game, All You Need is Kill) is set to direct. Read More »

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A script that finds serious studio favor can push a project from long-simmering development into full boil, and that seems to have happened with Sony and The Equalizer. Based on the TV series in which Edward Woodward played a former covert ops expert who donates his services to people in trouble, the film will star Denzel Washington as a new version of the title character.

Richard Wenk recently turned in a new script draft, and Sony likes it enough to push for an April 2013 start date, with a shoot likely to take place in Boston. Some details about the new Equalizer are after the break. Read More »

Emily Blunt is getting her sci-fi on once again. The star of The Adjustment Bureau and the upcoming Looper is in talks to co-star with Tom Cruise in All You Need Is Kill, a sci-fi action film with a Groundhog Day twist. Doug Liman directs. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Rapper T.I. has done a few movies (Takers, American Gangster, ATL) but has had his cinematic aspirations derailed by little things like county jail and federal prison stints. But he’s back at work, and in an interview conducted at SXSW, T.I. said that he’s got a couple of film projects on the horizon.

Specifically, the rapper said “there is a Marvel Comic franchise that [has] been inquiring about my availability for some time,” and “we also have a new Tom Cruise film with Doug Liman… I have that as well, on the horizon.” That would be We Mortals Are, once titled All You Need is Kill, the film in which Cruise plays a soldier in a future war who is killed, but has to relive his last hours, Groundhog Day-style, over and over again. I liked one draft of the script quite a bit; the film could be a wild, action-packed and slightly weird experience.

Check the video interview after the break, and get news of Christopher Meloni’s new indie, and the dark comedy that has recruited actors like Gillian Jacobs and Ned Beatty. Read More »

Looks like Tom Cruise is really going to star in Doug Liman‘s All You Need Is Kill, the film that has been given the shorthand description ‘Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day‘ thanks to a plot that follows a soldier in a future war who is killed, but relives his final day like a gamer replaying a video game level over and over until he is able to think and fight his way out of the loop. For now it also looks like All You Need Is Kill will be the title going forward – there was a point when we thought the film might be retitled. (And that could still happen.)

That makes the second big futuristic story Cruise is set to anchor — the other is Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion. That one is likely to be Cruise’s next movie, with All You Need Is Kill following after. Doug Liman has insisted to Cruise that the two sci-fi films will be completely different from one another, and whatever you think of Cruise, the simple fact is that we’re getting two new sci-fi films that aren’t based on big existing franchises, thanks in part to his interest in them. Read More »

Doug Liman is working to pull together a film based on the script All You Need is Kill, which tells the story of a young soldier in a future war who steps out into battle and is promptly killed, only to wake up hours earlier, alive once more. He relives that loop many times, dying over and over, until he builds the skills to survive. People keep calling the project ‘Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers,’ and that’s pretty accurate. Just sprinkle in a bit of Col. Kassad’s story from Dan Simmons’ Hyperion novels and you’ve got the idea.

Last time we heard about the film WB was reportedly looking at Brad Pitt to star. Now the studio is talking to Tom Cruise about taking the lead. And the project might have a new title, either We Mortals Are or We Are Mortals. Read More »

Yet another Jeffrey Archer-based project is in the works, the third announced this month. Bourne director Doug Liman has signed on to direct Everest, an adaptation of Archer’s novel Paths of Glory. Up in the Air scribe Sheldon Turner is writing the script, which fictionalizes the story of real-life mountaineer George Mallory and his three attempts in the ’20s to become the first man to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain. More details after the jump.

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Is this the Akira situation all over again? You might remember that a few months ago, when Warner Bros. was really trying to get the live-action version of Akira going under the direction of Albert Hughes, there were a great many stories about how the studio wanted to cast the film. The primary thrust seemed to be that the teenage characters in the original manga and anime were going to be significantly older in the live-action version. That all became a non-issue when Hughes bowed out and the film was slowed-down as it was re-budgeted and set up for Jaume Collet-Serra to direct, however.

The same thing could be happening again, however, with the adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka‘s All You Need is Kill, for which Brad Pitt is reportedly being sought. Read More »

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