Warner Bros. taps 'Fair Game' director for time-travel actioner

Warner Bros. has tapped Doug Liman to direct time-travel actioner “All You Need Is Kill,” produced by 3 Arts Entertainment.

The studio’s been developing “All You Need Is Kill,” based on the 2004 Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, since April when it bought Dante Harper’s adaptation. Producers are Erwin Stoff, Tom Lassally and Jason Hoffs with Hidemi Fukuhara exec producing.

Story centers on a new recruit in a war against aliens who finds himself caught in a time loop in which he wakes up in the past after having been killed on the battlefield. As the soldier’s death and resurrection repeat, his skills as a soldier grows as he attempts to change his fate.

Liman has been the leading candidate for the “All You Need Is Kill” helming slot for several months. He signed in May to direct Warners adaptation of “The Three Musketeers,” but that project is on hold as Germany’s Constantin went into production on an unrelated 3D version of the tale.

Jon Berg is overseeing “Kill” for Warners.

Liman directed and produced “Fair Game,” starring Naomi Watts, which Summit opens Nov. 5. His previous credits include “The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “Jumper.” He signed earlier this year to direct indie drama “Attica” from a screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”).

Liman’s repped by CAA.

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