Phillip Noyce NOT directing HUNTER KILLER?

Earlier we reported that Phillip Noyce was set to direct Hunter Killer for Relativity Media. The studio has been searching for actors, but now it looks like they have bigger problems on their hands. Moviehole is reportinng that Noyce has departed the film and moved onto another project.

The new project is reportedly an adaptation of Don Keith and George Wallace's novel Firing Point. Noyce left because it was supposedly "too close to other films he had already made", such as Salt and the Jack Ryan films. Noyce will continue to work with Relativity on the love story Timeless and the thriller Above Suspicion, written by Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning). 

This makes sense to me, and it sounds like Noyce already has a lot going on. What are your thoughts on this news? Who do you think will be a good director to take over the film?

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