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Saturday 20 September 2014

Liman heads for Victory remake

Doug Liman is in talks to direct football-themed action film, Victory

Doug Liman is in talks to direct football drama Victory.

As World Cup mania reaches fever pitch around the world, Warner Bros is said to be eyeing up the Edge Of Tomorrow filmmaker to take the reins on the remake of the 1981 film.

Victory is about Allied prisoners of war in a German prison camp, who play an exhibition match of football against a German team in Paris during World War II - but while they're preparing for the tournament, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.

The original film, which was directed by John Huston, starred Sylvester Stallone, Sir Michael Caine and Max von Sydow. Professional footballers Bobby Moore, Pele and Werner Roth made appearances.

The new film is being adapted by Gavin O'Connor, who directed Warrior and Jane Got A Gun.

Doug, who directed Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in sci-fi action adventure Edge Of Tomorrow, previously sat in the director's chair for time-travelling adventure Jumper and Mr And Mrs Smith, which starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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