Doug Liman to Direct Jumper

Variety reports that the upcoming sci-fi adventure film Jumper will be directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). Jumper is planned as a trilogy, and will be produced by Lucas Foster and Simon Kinberg, who produced Regency’s summer 2005 hit, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, also directed Liman. Jim Uhls (who wrote Fight Club) is rewriting the screenplay, originally penned by David Goyer (Batman Begins). Jumper is based on 1992 novel written by Steven Gould. Filming will begin this spring in Montreal, Canada. Thomas Sturridge, Teresa Palmer and Jamie Bell are set to star in the film.

The book follows a 17-year-old boy (Sturridge) who discovers he has the ability to teleport. He first uses his special power to escape his abusive father, and then puts his ability to use robbing banks before becoming entangled with terrorists and law enforcement, the trade reported.