The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Doug Liman. HBO Max just released his new film Locked Down, a heist comedy that stars Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor as an estranged couple that cannot break up because they are quarantined in their London flat by the pandemic. Pulling that film off was a minor miracle, and Liman is next readying an untitled movie he’s written to direct with Tom Cruise starring, a pic that will be unprecedented because they’ll shoot in an Elon Musk SpaceX capsule. Liman’s breakthrough as a director came on Swingers, the hip comedy that launched Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, and his successes have included Go, The Bourne identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fair Game, Edge of Tomorrow and American Made, the latter two of which starred Cruise. It’s not by accident that his movies have such strong kinetic energy, as you can see as he describes his influences and how they informed his terrific career.
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