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Pierre Morel in talks to direct ‘Defense’

Film is set up with Raimi, Block's QED

French director Pierre Morel is in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ alien invasion actioner “Earth Defense Force,” set up with Sam Raimi and Bill Block’s QED International.

Morel, who gained notice for directing “Taken,” had also been in contention recently to helm Universal’s “Ouija” but is no longer a candidate for the project.

QED is financing “Earth Defense Force,” also dubbed “EDF,” centered on three alien fighters attack the planet, leaving the governments of the planet humiliated. Earth’s leaders respond by forming an alliance to create a fighting force in preparation for the next larger alien attack.

Danny Strong’s rewriting the script, penned by Andrew Marlowe (“Air Force One”). Jon Berg’s overseeing “EDF” for the studio.

Morel is repped by WME and Artist Talent Management.

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