The Story Behind Battle: Los Angeles
In November 2008, Columbia Pictures officially announced that Jonathan Liebesman had been hired to direct a tentpole sci-fi film called Battle: Los Angeles.
Based on a story by Chris Bertolini, itself inspired by the real-life Battle Of Los Angeles, it would follow a Marine platoon’s fight against invading aliens. Dark Knight star Aaron Eckhart was already attached to head up the cast.
For Liebesman, who has since all but disowned Darkness Falls, Battle: Los Angeles was right up his street.
“These genres, war movies and aliens, are much more of a passion than horror movies were for me,” he reveals. “That was sort of a way to break in, for someone who doesn’t write his own material.
“And this kind of stuff is much more what I’m interested in and where I would hope to keep going and improving. You know, getting better scripts in these types of genres is kind of what I’m hoping to do.” This was a man with ambition…