Director talks Jumper 2 and Valerie Plume
Doug Liman has been talking about his ideas for a sequel to Jumper (Filmstalker review) as well as what he has in store for the film Valerie Plume, the film starring Nicole Kidman which is about the CIA Agent that was outed by the U.S. Government when she spoke out against the weapons of mass destruction theory.
He's already revealed he has some bizarre new style lined up for the filming of the Valerie Plume story, something never been done before. As for Jumper 2, he reveals some big surprises which are definitely spoilers for the books, so look away if you don't want to know.
For the Valerie Plume story Doug Liman says that it's going to be radical and revolutionary:
"I have a take on the material that if I go do it would be the most radical and revolutionary move of my career...it's so outrageous that the way I look at it, I'm taking material that could be, you know, just a docu-drama and I'm making it into art. I'd be doing you know ultimately what a filmmaker should do which is not just tell a story but push the boundaries of story-telling."
When he says that it's going to be art more than documentary type drama that sounds great, but when the story is about a CIA Agent betrayed by their own Government? How can that be arty?
He then goes onto talk about the possibilities for Jumper 2, and while some of them are pretty outlandish, they all have amazing possibilities:
"I actually have a ton of ideas for the sequel because this is whole new arena for me and so my mind was in overdrive the whole time and most of the ideas I came up with we either could tease or just save it for a sequel and so it's…this power can be used to leave this planet, this power can be used ultimately to go back in time, this power can be used if you go and work for the government you'd be the ultimate Jason Bourne."
Now imagine that, he can start travelling off the planet. Well that's great, but can't he only travel to places he's seen, whether that be with his own eyes or in a photo? How could he teleport to a planet then? He'd only be able to teleport to ones in our solar system that have been photographed from the ground, otherwise wouldn't he end up in orbit or something, and wouldn't there be no atmosphere? I'm really confused by that notion.
As for time, well that would mean Jumpers leaping about and changing time right left and centre. The timeline of humanity would become like a huge wiki where Jumper after Jumper are leaping all over the place and making changes upon changes. Actually now that sounds really interesting.
You could jump back and make a change only to find that it affects another jumper in the future in some way who leaps back and changes things again, and those changes come back and affect you, or other jumpers, and so...it goes on.
What is really interesting though is what he says about the second book in the series. Since I haven't read the books this was a huge reveal to me so it may well be to you too, but it's also quite a blow and nothing near what I thought he was talking about initially.
You see he starts by saying:
"there's one massive hint in the film for the ultimate twist that would take place in the sequel, which is…"
Now at this point I thought he meant the ending where, and this is where the spoilers really begin, he meets his mother face to face and it turns out that they are enemies, and not just that but that she's going to hunt him down anyway and she'll give him a head start.
Now I loved that moment, the best part of the whole film in my mind because it does open up so many possibilities and could also make the sequel a little darker.
However it turns out he doesn't mean that at all, and what he's going for is a big twist in the second book which to me makes little sense.
"I guess people will read the 2nd book so they'll know, but Rachel Bilson's character learns how to teleport in the 2nd book."
So it turns out you're not born with the power but that you can learn it. Now that is strange. I really don't get that myself and I'm not sure how it would fit if his girlfriend learns to jump too. In a way I think that weakens the plot somewhat because she was the normal human dealing with his power.
What do you think? Out of those ideas for a Jumper sequel which do you see working the best, or do you have your own?