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Samuel L. Jackson drops the snakes and starts chasing teleporting teens in Doug Liman's JUMPER!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Now I know this flick can sound like a Nickelodeon Movie special, but it seems to be taking a fantastic element, like the ability to teleport, and placing it in a darker movie. The flick, JUMPER, will be directed by Doug Liman (BOURNE IDENTITY, GO, MR. AND MRS. SMITH) and star Samuel L. Jackson as an NSA agent tracking a kid that can teleport. The kid's mother was killed and he's using his powers to track down the man he thinks is responsible. The kid finds he's not the only one with this power as he's on his journey.

Also in the cast is Tom Sturridge, Jamie Bell and Teresa Palmer.

If they make this film really dark and treat this "jumping" with a large degree of reality, I can see this being a really damn interesting film. Liman's an interesting director and he's got a pretty good cast. Count me optimistic.

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  • July 10, 2006, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Sounds pretty silly

    by judderman

    Teleportation has never been the most realistic power

  • July 10, 2006, 4:02 a.m. CST


    by NInks

    Wow, first and first time posting. Maybe I should read the article now

  • July 10, 2006, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Let me clarify

    by judderman

    before the next poster mentions quantum mechanics. I don't have a problem with the possibility of teleportation, but with the possiblility of constructing a realistic story around it. Teleportation just makes things too easy. Unless they're going for a "Fly" treatment, which doesn't seem to be the case, I can't really see how they can generate any actual tension out of a kid who can, via teleportation, effectively do anything.

  • July 10, 2006, 4:40 a.m. CST

    What the Fuck? Sam you should shoot the Sequals

    by Darth Evil Dead

    For Snakes on a Plane 2 and 3 back to back !!! What the fuck are you thinking? You need to jump on this cash cow !!

  • July 10, 2006, 4:49 a.m. CST

    If this was Nightcrawler: Teh Movie, or BAMF!

    by Shermdawg

    Y'all would be pissin' your underoo's right about now.

  • July 10, 2006, 6:11 a.m. CST

    This could be motherf*cking so-so..

    by DonnieDorko

    Three cool ingredients that don't mix.

  • July 10, 2006, 6:39 a.m. CST

    The book is great

    by zencat

    A recent minor classic of SF adventure, something like Heinlein's juvenile books of the 50s and something like Ender's Game. Could be a fantastic film. To take a page from Herc's playbook, here is the Amazon link:

  • July 10, 2006, 6:41 a.m. CST

    And before we start dumping on teleportation

    by zencat

    What about The Stars My Destination? The whole plot hinges on jaunting. It's been done, and done well: proof of concept for SF.

  • July 10, 2006, 6:55 a.m. CST

    I trust Doug Liman - he's great IMO

    by LilOgre

    He may not be to everyone's taste but I think he's four for four since SWINGERS. And each film has managed to be interesting AND entertaining (so rare especially this summer) - including MR. & MRS. SMITH. One of my favorite, if not my favorite, filmmaker working today.

  • July 10, 2006, 7:38 a.m. CST


    by Squashua

    I always turned off "The Tomorrow People". Dulled me to tears as a child.

  • July 10, 2006, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Teleporting snakes!

    by Tar Heel

    So that's how they really got on the plane. The NSA better train some teleporting mongooses pretty quick.

  • July 10, 2006, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Snakes in a motherfucking Teleporter

    by tripp5

    kinda cronenberg-y

  • July 10, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Yeah, never a big one for the teleportation...

    by brycemonkey

    Always thought that more realistic 'powers' would be ESP type stuff like Scanners. I can even believe invisibility with some science. A kid that can teleport at will... don't know about that. I'll wait and see. If they can explain how it works without it being sucky then yeah, I'll give it a go.

  • July 10, 2006, 8:04 a.m. CST

    It sounds like this is based on the Steven Gould novel

    by larrywong

    Which was actually pretty good. It was a fairly realistic take on what would happen if someone got this ability. And had some dark moments. His power first manifests itself when he's about to be raped. And one of the first things he does is rob a bank. This could be really good.

  • July 10, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    It would be good if...

    by Token

    If it followed the story of the novel with some degree of accuracy. It doesn't sound like it tho'...gonna be a 'based on' and who knows where that's gonna go.. Gould's books are really quite good...

  • July 10, 2006, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Wasn't this on Robot Chicken last night?

    by chrth

    Dicks in Time?

  • July 10, 2006, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Nickelodeon movies aren't necessarily bad anyway...

    by Ribbons

    ...but that's besides the point. I'm looking forward to this one quite a bit because I'm a fan of Liman's. I don't really get how being able to teleport makes it that much easier to figure out who killed someone, unless there are a lot of locked doors you need opened, but I'm sure the film will be interesting regardless. Based on the name "Jumper" it sounds like it definitely will have that dark streak some folks are looking for.

  • July 10, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Jackson will do just about anything, won't he?

    by Nate Champion

    He needs to stop all the shitty, quasi-straight to DVD movies... if I remember there may have actually been a time years and years ago when people actually considered him a serious actor. Although I'm hoping Black Snake Moan will actually offer him the chance to give a real performance for a change.

  • July 10, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST

    I hope it doesn't

    by DonnieDorko

    have a 20 minute long sequence in the middle with Benny Hill type music over Sam chasing the baddie, coming out of different doors, teleporting here and there. I think that would be a wrong way to do it..

  • July 10, 2006, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Not sure about that Donnie...

    by brycemonkey

    that idea has me smiling and more at ease with the project ;-) Perhaps they ought to film that as an alternate ending and test screen it (only if there is a nuse who's uniform is pulled off though)...

  • July 10, 2006, 1:12 p.m. CST

    This movie needs...

    by Christopher3

    A Scooby-Doo chase scene with all them running in and out of different hallway doors to bad '60s pop.

  • July 10, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    The Stars, My Destination

    by sleepingbear

    /agree zencat. Would much rather see this movie come to film. Oh well, maybe if this one is successful Stars will finally get made.

  • July 10, 2006, 4:44 p.m. CST

    bean counters strike again

    by far from god

    This is a quite cool 80's teen novel and has so much potential. However it's not about an NSA agent pursuing a boy who can teleport, it's about the boy's coming of age... and he can teleport. big frigging difference!!! Being a SLJ junket will fuck it.

  • July 10, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    by oisin5199

    sounds like the closest Sam will ever come to playing the Ultimate version of Fury modeled after him.

  • July 10, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    The teleporter should help people,

    by CreasyBear

    like the teleporter could touch someone and teleport everything except for a tumor, and the tumor would just fall to the ground after they teleported, or if someone was constipated to the point of a medical emergency, the kid could grab his wrist and teleport them both, leaving nothing but the other person's impacted colon-sludge, which would fall harmlessly to the ground. Why can't Hollywood think of good ideas, like that one?

  • July 10, 2006, 5:39 p.m. CST

    no snakes

    by BloodStaind

    no fun. that's some repugnant shit.

  • July 10, 2006, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by kabong


  • July 10, 2006, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a super powered version of The Fugitive.

    by Orbots Commander

    With Sam Jackson in the Tommy Lee Jones part.

  • July 11, 2006, 1:47 a.m. CST

    did you ever read that stephen king story "the jaunt"?

    by erockwilly

    pretty cool. right now the fly (goldblum) holds the trophy for teleportation flicks.

  • July 11, 2006, 3:35 a.m. CST

    The Book

    by kdoc13

    Ok, I thought this was another book. I seemed to remember a story about a kid who could teleport also called Jumper, he like steals some money, builds a house in the desert and kills terrorists, is this the same book? It doesn't sound like it, but two books with the same title and teleporting kids and the like?

  • July 11, 2006, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Liman has become a hack

    by chien_sale

    The biggest mystake was to return to action flicks following the Bourne Identity. I guess he loves the $$$ and live-style.

  • July 11, 2006, 4:48 a.m. CST


    by lotharius3rd

    I like Liman and Jackson is the fucking bomb. I like teleporting, do it every day. Want to see a movie about it. This might be cool. Okay, I'm drunk.

  • July 11, 2006, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Fun book

    by Black And Gold

    I thought the book was a good time. I enjoyed it. I hope they keep most of the elements and the overall theme of the book but I can see them adding this story line to it just to create the conflict of a different viewpoint. I look forward to it.

  • July 11, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Liman is a stud.

    by LilOgre

    MR. AND MRS. SMITH was an interesting commentary on marriage. And besides, Liman is now doing a much smaller budgeted Nick film after two huge blockbusters. Which gives me great confidence in the material. Just shows you where his head is REALLY at.

  • July 11, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    And Nick did NACHO LIBRE

    by LilOgre

    Which furthers my confidence in the film.

  • July 11, 2006, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Stephen King was just paying homage to Alfred Bester

    by Mr Stonky

    Jaunting was named so in "The Star My Destination"