Douglas Eric Liman
July 24, 1965
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Occupation||Film director, producer|
|Relatives||Lewis J. Liman (brother)|
Douglas Eric Liman (//; born July 24, 1965) is an American film director and producer. He is known for directing the films Swingers (1996), Go (1999), The Bourne Identity (2002), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Jumper (2008), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and American Made (2017).
Liman was born in New York City, the son of Ellen (née Fogelson), a painter and writer, and Arthur L. Liman, a lawyer well known for his public service, which included serving as chief counsel for the Senate Iran-Contra hearings. He has two siblings, Emily R. Liman and Lewis J. Liman. Liman is Jewish, from a prominent New York family.
Liman began making short films while still in junior high school and studied at International Center of Photography in New York City. While attending Brown University, he helped to co-found the student-run cable television station BTV and served as its first station manager. He also co-founded the National Association of College Broadcasters (NACB), the first trade association geared to student-staffed radio and television stations, in 1988.
Liman's first major success was Swingers, released in 1996. The film, written by Jon Favreau and based on Favreau's life, is a comedy about struggling actors amid the L.A. club milieu. Liman raised the funding and the film was made on the cheap, starring Favreau and his friends (Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, and Patrick Van Horn), ultimately cost $250,000. The film was a critical success, and jump-started the careers of Liman and the featured actors. Liman sold the film to Miramax for $5.5 million.
Liman next directed Go (1999), which tracks the events of a drug deal gone wrong through three different points of view as plot lines diverge and reconverge; Liman was also the film's cinematographer. The film was an indie hit and made a profit at the box office grossing $28.4 million worldwide against a $20 million budget.
In 1999, Liman shot a commercial for Nike featuring Tiger Woods.
Liman next directed the 2002 action thriller The Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon, an adaptation of the 1980 Robert Ludlum novel. The film was a box office success, earning over $200 million, and began a Bourne film franchise that has since included four additional films. Liman only directed the first Bourne film, but served as an executive producer for three of the four sequels (2004's The Bourne Supremacy, 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum and 2016's Jason Bourne).
Liman executive-produced and directed the first two episodes ("Premiere" and "The Model Home") of the successful Fox prime time drama The O.C. (2003–2007). Liman produced and directed a series of comedy shorts for the Chrysler Film Project and Cannes Film Festival entitled Indie Is Great.
Liman also directed Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), a comedic thriller about an increasingly distant married couple, both secretly assassins, who are hired to kill each other. The film was Liman's most commercially successful to date, and is well known for the off-screen romance that developed between stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie after making the film.
In 2005, Liman signed on to direct the pilot episode of NBC's television series Heist, which is about a season-long attempt to rob three jewelry stores on Beverly Hills' swanky Rodeo Drive. Also that same year, the production company Hypnotic has struck a deal with NBC Universal Television Studio. Shortly afterwards, he renamed the production company from Hypnotic to Dutch Oven.
In 2009, he co-founded the website 30ninjas.com which is geared towards fans of action movies and television, gaming, extreme sports and viral videos. He also maintains a blog on the site.
In 2011, Liman directed and produced I Just Want My Pants Back, a television series that aired on MTV. He produced Covert Affairs and Suits, two original series on the USA Network. He directed the film adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel, All You Need is Kill, released as Edge of Tomorrow (2014), starring Tom Cruise. In 2017, he directed Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena in the military thriller The Wall, and directed Cruise again, in the crime-action film American Made, a biopic of pilot Barry Seal.
In August 2016, Liman signed on to direct Dark Universe, a film set within the DC Extended Universe and based on superhero team Justice League Dark after leaving the adaptation of Gambit. However, Liman has departed from the project due to schedule conflicts with the film Chaos Walking (2021), that Liman was working on that time.
Most of his career has been associated with the production company Hypnotic. He is co-owner with Dave Bartis, whom he met as an undergraduate at Brown University where they co-founded BTV and NACB.
Liman is on the advisory board of the Legal Action Center and the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School.
In January 2020, Liman reported that the Edge of Tomorrow sequel, Live Die Repeat and Repeat, was currently in its early planning stages.
In May 2020, it was reported that Liman would be directing, writing, and producing the first fictional movie shot in outer space. Tom Cruise is set to star and produce. Both will fly to space and to the International Space Station as part of the SpaceX Axiom Space-2 mission.
|1996||Swingers||Yes||No||Yes||MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker|
|1999||Go||Yes||No||Yes||Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Director|
|2002||The Bourne Identity||Yes||Yes||No|
|2004||Mail Order Wife||No||Yes||No|
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Yes||No||No|
|2010||Fair Game||Yes||Yes||Yes||Nominated – Palme d'Or|
|2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Yes||Executive||No||Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Director|
Executive producer only
|2011–2012||I Just Want My Pants Back||Yes||Yes|
|2016||Invisible (video series)||Yes||No|
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