Doug Liman Takes a "Kill" Shot in "All You Need is Kill"

9/03/2010 Posted by Admin

Doug Liman Takes a "Kill" Shot in "All You Need is Kill"

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By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Director Doug Liman has shown throughout his career that he isn't pegged into one genre of films he works on.

He's done such various genres from action thriller ("The Bourne Identity") to political thrillers (the upcoming "Fair Game") to sci-fi ("Jumper") and even a bit of romance ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith"). Okay, maybe that last one was more of romantic "action," but nevertheless, Mr. Liman has kept things fresh over his career.

Liman recently was attached to direct a new adaptation of Alexander Dumas' "The Three Musketeers," but another, unrelated adaptation (in 3D, ugh) has already gone into production, putting Warner Bros.' take on hold for the foreseeable future.

So, instead of staying complacent, Liman now is officially set to direct the time-travel action film, "All You Need Is Kill," reports Variety.

Based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka's 2004 novel, the story centers on a future war between humans and an alien group, the Gitai. Keiji Kiriya, a young recruit sent out to fight off an alien invasion. Kiriya dies on the first day of battle, but reawakens the next morning, alive, unscathed and headed for the same battle and finding himself in a "Groundhog Day"-esque scenario of dying on the battlefield and being reborn each day.

On the 158th "day," Keiji notices something different than the previous versions--a female soldier who may be the key to his escape.

The story sounds very interesting, and with so many unique alien invasion films coming along ("Monsters," "Skyline," "Battle: Los Angeles") in the coming months, it's great to see another original story coming to the screen. Liman clearly can handle the duty, he did a wonderful job on "The Bourne Identity" and even though "Jumper" was kind of awful, the effects and action sequences were solid.

Production should begin later this year.

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