Studio up Skydance, New Regency for Doug Liman-directed pic
It’s looking more like Paramount and Doug Liman are heading to the moon.Studio has put the finishing touches on a deal that fast-tracks “Luna,” bringing David Ellison’s Skydance Pictures and New Regency onboard to co-finance. Paramount declined to confirm the deals. Story follows renegade scientists who build a spaceship from spare parts to steal an energy source from the moon — and is now looking like Liman’s next project. The “Swingers” and “The Bourne Identity” director had been weighing several projects for some time including “All You Need Is Kill” at Warner Bros. “Luna” was previously being developed at DreamWorks. Liman and John Hamburg wrote the original draft, which has been reworked several times. Liman will direct and produce with Simon Kinberg (who did the most recent script polish) and Allison Shearmur. No casting decisions have been made, but Liman has met with several thesps including Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans and Andrew Garfield — and now that financing is set, look for that news to start coming over the coming weeks. Helmer has a history with New Regency, which produced Liman pics including “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “Jumper.” Liman is repped by CAA.