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Gyllenhaal & Liman Take A Trip To The Moon For DreamWorks!!

Merrick here...
Doug Liman (the director of MR. & MRS. SMITH and THE BOURNE IDENTITY) is setting up a space-themed project with DreamWorks. Jake Gyllenhaal will star.
Actioner revolves around a private expedition to the moon and the race for lunar colonization.
...SAYS VARIETY!! The film was originally co-scripted by Liman and John Hamburg. The concept was subsequently retooled & will be scripted by mark Bowden - who authored the book BLACK HAWK DOWN. Liman is also producing with NBC's recently announced KNIGHT RIDER project. I remember MISSION TO MARS and RED PLANET. Despite good moments in both, neither worked very well at all. Hopefully the moon will work out better for audiences and filmmakers alike. Maybe the new movie will look something like this?

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  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Go is a wildly underrated movie

    by Garbageman33

    Just saw it again on HBO. I'd forgotten how good that was. Between that and Swingers, maybe he should stick to comedy.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST

    that was awesome.

    by Datascream

    where the hell did that come from?

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST

    HAHA, I loved that.

    by Mike_D

    I wanna make one.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Mission To Mars is an unadulterated, piece of shit.

    by Spartacus Hughs

    That ending.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by RipVanMarlowe

    Black Hawk Down was an amazing series of articles/book...I actually interview Bowden last year for a journalism project. Really nice guy, incredibly talented writer. His involvement in this Liman/Gyllenhaal space flick makes me a little more interested.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Chloe from 24 is an unadulterated, piece of shit.

    by CatchPhrase

    I just wanted to add that for no reason.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    I liked this idea better when it was a TV show called Salvage I

    by BrowncoatJedi

    There's some classic TV.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    Good or bad, I will be there just so hopefully they make more smart sci fi.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Agreed Memories...

    by jimmy_009

    I hope it's a drama that just happens to be set in space. Imagine a movie like There Will be Blood, but set on the moon. Damn.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Will there be Selenites?...

    by DanielKurland

    Umbrellas have come a long way since 1921.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Dreamworks Needs New Blood

    by SinSinNaddy Kid

    Another moon movie? Look at Heartbreak Kid! Dreamworks needs to get some new stories made. They need new blood to write comedy, or shoot action. They seem to be cool with Shrek and other kiddie stuff, but outside of the "safe-bet" movies, have they really created anything truly new in a while? I want a fresh comedy. I want a fresh action flick. Am I wrong for thinking this? I guess so.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Astronaut Farmer could have been good

    by jimmy_009

    With better direction and a tighter script. <SPOILER> The part where he takes the rocket up on his own is so bizarre and out of character I thought it had to be a dream sequence. It ruined the rest of the movie. Still, the more movies of those type the better.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 6:15 p.m. CST

    "less Armageddon"?

    by slone13

    Shut your mouth.


  • Oct. 9, 2007, 7:49 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Red Planet was good enough...

    by richier123

    I'm not saying it was a masterwork or anything, but it did its job. It was a nice popcorn sci-fi movie. And I honestly wouldn't mind if more of them came out, as there is just a genuine lack of sci-fi movies. Sunshine was good, besides the switch to a horror movie for the last third. But that's all my recent memory is affording me at the moment.

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by richier123

    I'm all for some hard sci-fi movies (aka sci-fi that is possible within our understand of physics). There is SUCH a large wealth of hard sci-fi books to draw from too (Steven Baxter's 'Titan' comes to mind, though the epilouge is very non-hard-sci-fi).

  • Oct. 9, 2007, 11:51 p.m. CST

    could be fun

    by BadMrWonka

    Gyllenhaal is always good at least, and can be subtly brilliant at times. and Liman can direct a great movie, if the script is good. here's hoping...

  • Oct. 10, 2007, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by AlwaysThere


  • Oct. 10, 2007, 4:01 a.m. CST

    I would call Day After Tomorrow hard scifi

    by Maniaq

    I know that's asking for trouble, but I thought the science was as good as the science in, say, Sunshine... <br> <br> I think Liman has shown enough respect for his audience with films like the first (and best) Bourne movie that don't insult your intelligence, that I am reasonably confident about this project.