Chainsaw Massacre director to helm big-budget sci-fi invasion flick

Taylor Handley, R. Lee Ermey and Matthew Bomer in Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning
Taylor Handley, R. Lee Ermey and Matthew Bomer in Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning
Jonathan Liebesman, director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Darkness Falls, is in negotiations to direct Battle: Los Angeles, a sci-fi action film that Neal Moritz is producing for Columbia Pictures.

According to a story by The Hollywood Reporter, Battle: Los Angeles revolves around a Marine platoon’s encounter with an alien invasion on the streets of L.A.

Liebesman beat out several other potential directors, by making a live-action/animated presentation that showed his vision and passion for the project, which is described as Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day. In August, the South-African helmer went to locations in Santa Monica and downtown L.A., shooting sequences and adding CGI aliens. He also created a pre-visualized alien invasion sequence.

Liebesman is currently doing post-production work on the political thriller The Killing Room, starring Timothy Hutton, Peter Stormare and Nick Cannon. That film revolves around four individuals who sign up for a psychological research study and discover that they are now the subject of a brutal, classified government program.

Film Fetish Trivia: Prolific producer Neal Moritz is also producing the upcoming Luke Cage film, set to be directed by John Singleton (due in 2009); The Green Hornet, co-starring Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow, who will also direct (due in 2010); 21 Jump Street, which is based on the popular late ’80s TV series that aired on Fox (due in 2010); and Flash Gordon, the comic adaptation that has Breck Eisner (Sahara) attached to direct (also due in 2010).