Edge of Tomorrow and Bourne Identity director Doug Liman’s sci-fi adventure project Unearthed has been picked up by Columbia Pictures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has also signed screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, who previously worked on Spectre and Edge of Tomorrow.
The book that the film is based on won’t be released until January of 2018. Written by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, the bestselling authors of These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light, Unearthed has been described as Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in space.
The story revolves around a scholar and a scavenger, Jules Addison and Amelia “Mia” Radcliffe, who smuggle themselves to the ancient planet of Gaia after Earth picks up a transmission from its former alien occupants, the Undying. The Undying have technology hidden on Gaia that could undo the harsh environmental damage on Earth. Jules hopes to uncover the culture of the Undying while Amelia wants to uncover their treasures, but the two must team up when life in space proves dangerous. Turns out what they find could be a planet-sized booby trap.
Until recently, Liman was attached as the director of Warner Bros.’ Justice League Dark. However, he left the DC Extended Universe film in order to focus on another project, Chaos Walking, which was recently given a green-light by Lionsgate. Liman was actually the second director set to board Dark Universe behind writer and director Guillermo del Toro, who also left the film in order to focus on another project. According to the report, Warner Bros. is already on the search for a director to replace Liman, with a selection expected to be made in the coming weeks.
Liman’s American Made, which stars Tom Cruise, hits theaters on September 29.