Doug Liman is in talks to direct The Wall, the first original movie for Amazon Studios. Amazon acquired Dwain Worrell’s script back in November 2014 and Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. broke that news exclusively. We are told Liman ultimately will return to direct Gambit for 20th Century Fox with an eye on a production start toward the end of this year. What is not true per Deadline’s contacts is that Channing Tatum’s producing partner Reid Carolin is rewriting Gambit. The Wall is described as a deadly cat-and-mouse contest waged by an American sharpshooter and the Iraqi sniper who has him pinned behind a small chunk of concrete. The sniper has commandeered the communications frequency, and the enemies talk to each other through a standoff that will prove fatal for one of them. Barbados-born, and Boston-raised Worrell wrote the script while working in China. He’d learned from his soldier brother about an almost mythical sniper in Iraq and used that as the basis for The Wall.
Aidan Alexander has landed the lead in Vikes, an indie feature from M-80 Films. He will play Thorvald Thovson, a high school sophomore campaigning to change his school’s mascot, the Viking, to something less offensive to the Scandinavian community. Tenney Fairchild wrote and directs the comedy, which he is producing with Greg McCollum and Sven Shelgren. It’s the first starring role for Alexander, who appeared in the Luke Perry-Bill Paxton pic Red Wing and numerous short films. He is repped by Abrams Artists Agency, Joan Green Management and attorney Matt Rosen.