June 16, 2010 / 6:31 AM / in 7 years

Director Doug Liman ponders sci-fi war saga

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Doug Liman will begin talks later this week to direct the sci-fi action tale “All You Need Is Kill.”

The Warner Bros. project, based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s graphic novel, follows a new recruit in a war against aliens. He finds himself caught in a time loop where he wakes up one day in the past after having been killed on the battlefield. Through the training and battles he experiences in these time loops, he becomes a better soldier.

Liman’s potential involvement sets up a potential internal war over his services.

He jumped aboard the studio’s adaptation of “The Three Musketeers” in early May. That project is pitted against a competing “Musketeers” movie, currently being directed by Paul W.S. Anderson for release next April through Summit.

Warners hoped to get its version going in the fall, but the “Kill” development throws that scenario in doubt.

Liman, whose credits include “Swingers” and “The Bourne Identity,” most recently directed the true-life CIA drama “Fair Game,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month.

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