Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman could have a new science-fiction project in the works after Cross Creek Pictures picked up the film rights to a book not even published yet.
Amie Kaufman and Meaghan Spooner – Australian authors known for their Spellbound trilogy of novels for young adults – have high hopes of having Liman helm a film adaptation of Unearthed, according to Tracking Board.
The (young adult) novel is set in deep space and follows Jules Addison and Amelia Radcliffe as they join forces in a tomb-raiding race on a newly discovered planet to unravel the secrets of an ancient, long-extinct civilization – only to uncover a revelation that could spell the end of the human race.
Of course, since Hollywood loves to merge once concept with another, Tracking Board adds that Unearthed is a cross between the Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider franchises … except in space.
Such a project is in very early development, and it’s not clear if Liman is officially attached. Tyler Thompson, a producer behind the critically acclaimed Black Swan in 2010 who also is part of Mel Gibson’s return in the director’s seat in Hacksaw Ridge, will produce Unearthed.
Liman’s credits cross a wide gambit of dramas, from 2002’s The Bourne Identity to 2008’s Jumper to even directing a pair of episodes for The O.C. back in 2003. His current projects include a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow which may or may not include Tom Cruise, as well as Justice League Dark from DC Comics.
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