March 22, 2011 5:51pm PT by Borys Kit
Doug Liman's 'Moon' Heating Up at Paramount (Exclusive)
Doug Liman's untitled Moon project at Paramount may be getting back in orbit.
Liman set up the film project, at one time known as Luna, at DreamWorks back in 2007, after which it migrated to Paramount. Jake Gyllenhaal remained attached at both homes.
The story centers on a renegade group of former space employees, led by an Eastern European woman, who travel the world, stealing space equipment in an attempt to go back to the moon to acquire an energy source. The last item to steal -- or in this case, kidnap -- is an ex-NASA employee.
The script has gone through several substantial rewrites from several high-profile scribes, including, but not limited to, Mark Bowden, Ken Nolan and Simon Kinberg.
Liman, who directed the recent political thriller Fair Game, has several projects in development and was up until recently enamored with the sci-fi action project All You Need Is Kill at Warners. Kill, however, is now cooling down, while Moon heats up.
Gyllenhaal has moved on, and Liman is now determined to find his two or three leads in one shot. The filmmaker would like to shoot late summer, although no green light has been given and the strength and chemistry of the leads will be a factor in Paramount moving forward.
Those in on the actress meetings included Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde.
On the guy side, Andrew Garfield, Emile Hirsch and Chris Pine were met with.
Liman isn't done yet. He is back in Los Angeles on Wednesday for one day and plans to return next week for more meetings.