Doug Liman Says Warner Bros. Will Let His ‘Dark Universe’ Be as ‘Unconventional’ as He Wants
After Guillermo del Toro’s exit from the Dark Universe movie, fans despaired that Warner Bros. would never find another director as cool and weird as he would be. But in stepped Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman, who seems to be all set to make this Justice League Dark adaptation as weird as he possibly can.
In an interview with IGN in which he talked about his planned Edge of Tomorrow sequel and VR series Invisible, he also discussed working on Dark Universe. When asked if he was excited to about the project, he said,
Yeah, I mean first of all, I love those characters, and I love Warner Bros., and I love [producer] Scott Rudin, and it’s — and you know, I get asked to come in and do things that are “unconventional.” If people want conventional, they don’t come to me. It’s why doing Invisible was like right up my alley — because how can you be conventional when there aren’t even conventions that exist? And so you know when Warner Bros. wants to sort of turn the comic book genre on its head, they call me.
Warner Bros. so far hasn’t sunk into the formulaic groove that Marvel has, as we never know what we’re going to get with DC’s live-action projects. So if any studio would be willing to give a director their creative freedom, we’d wager a lot that Warner Bros. would be the one to do it.
IGN also asked Liman if he ever felt like he was being put into any sort of category, or pressured to be “unconventional” because that’s what his work has been so far.
Yeah. It’s like how do you fundamentally reinvent what people are doing? And that’s the good and the bad news of this sort of box I’ve been put in. I mean, you’d think it was by design, but it wasn’t. It is exactly what I should be doing, but I’m just so grateful that — you know sometimes I’m working on a project and I pitch an idea that’s too conventional, and the producers will say back to me “That’s not Doug Liman enough.” Which is like a weird thing, because I’m like “Well that — it was my idea! How can you say it’s not me?” And they’re like “No, because when we think of you, we think of like, you know — that just seems too ordinary.”
So even if I wanted to be a little bit more conventional, like, the system doesn’t want me to be.
He didn’t specify which conventions he was trying to stay away from, but we certainly hope Warner Bros. gives him the reins for Dark Universe, and that we don’t hear about any sort of “creative differences” springing up in the next few weeks. Why hire a director as imaginative and weird as Liman and not let him have his fun with the material?