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Besides releasing an official release date for Doug Liman’s upcoming adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s “All You Need is Kill”, the studio has also released an official synopsis. It sounds like they’re being very faithful to the book, but with one major difference — the hero is now not a green recruit, but a high-ranking military soldier … who also happens to be a desk jockey. I guess that was inevitable given star Tom Cruise’s age. Here’s the full synopsis: The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances. Lt…. Continue Reading »
I’m a big fan of Tom Cruise, but not a fan of Tom Cruise as the lead in “All You Need is Kill”, Doug Liman’s upcoming adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s alien bugs killin’ book of the same name. But hey, I guess if you want to make a big-budget sci-fi blockbuster, it’s a smart move to get a big star like Cruise, so I guess I’ll just have to accept all the changes they’ll have to make given Cruise’s age. Anyways, the latest news on the sci-fi epic has British actress Charlotte Riley joining the cast. She joins Cruise as the hero, a green soldier who begins reliving the same day that he died, eventually growing into a fearsome warrior. Riley is said to be playing a soldier in the film, though no names were given. She won’t be playing Rita, aka The Valkyrie, though, because that role has gone to Emily Blunt. I haven’t seen Blunt in a lot… Continue Reading »
Color me excited about Doug Liman’s upcoming adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s “All You Need is Kill”. It’s got everything I want in my science fiction — time travel, alien invaders, and a badass female warrior. That badass will be played by Emily Blunt, doing her first real kick-ass action role. Speaking to EW, Blunt sounds like she’s got the right idea about the character: Next up? Training and Tom Cruise as she prepares for her role in All You Need is Kill , which she says will begin production in the fall after she undergoes intensive training to, “Get all grrrr,” she growls, doing her best Hulk impression. “I’m actually quite nervous about the training. I’m supposed to be playing one of the best soldiers in the world. Ha. Ha. I think my life is going to miserable for about 10 weeks. But I’m very excited.” The film, which is based on the graphic novel , will be directed by… Continue Reading »
Once upon a time, Emily Blunt almost ended up playing The Black Widow in “Iron Man 2″ (and again in “The Avengers”). That didn’t really work out, but I always did think Blunt would have made a pretty kickass superhero. Or action heroine. She might get her chance after all, as the trades are saying that Blunt is in talks to join Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s “All You Need is Kill”. I said it when I reviewed the book by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, that the Rita part is really where the movie will live and die. Anyone can play the main hero — he’s a pretty average guy. But the role that is going to make or break the film is that of Rita Vrataski. I don’t know if Blunt can pull it off, but hey, I’ve always wanted to see her try this type of role, so here it is. That is, if she actually signs on. Right now… Continue Reading »
If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for Tom Cruise to sign on for “All You Need is Kill”, well, congrats, because he has. Variety reports that the “Top Gun” star will be making “All You Need is Kill” his next film after he wraps “One Shot” and “Tron: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi epic “Oblivion” aka “Horizon”. Obviously Cruise is much older than the character in the book, which means tweaking must be done to the existing script to accommodate the star’s age. I haven’t a clue how this will affect the book’s main foundation (a young, green kid who has no clue what he’s doing, learning to adapt and overcome his “Groundhog Day”-esque situation that he finds himself in), but hey, I’m not the one being paid big bucks to write this stuff, so more power to them. Doug Liman of “The Bourne Identity” fame will direct the film. This, after there were rumors he had left the… Continue Reading »
As much as I’d love to see Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s “All You Need is Kill” on the big screen, I don’t think it’s going to happen for quite some time. It’ll be one of those movies that everyone who has read the book wants to make into a movie, and starts to work on it, but in the end, it gets lost in the shuffle of actors and directors and studio suits always moving around, which in Hollywood is pretty common. After all, how long did it take them to finally make “Watchmen”? Exactly. Anyways, if Warner Bros. does succeed in getting “Kill” made in our lifetime, it might just be with Tom Cruise in the lead. This would, of course, drastically alter the novel’s storyline of a young recruit fighting a war against an invading alien species (Cruise is what, in his ’40s?), but it can be done. Tweak the story a bit, and voila, you have “All you Need… Continue Reading »
Duncan Jones and Sam Rockwell already went to the moon, and now Doug Liman (“Jumper”) would like to go there, too. It used to be he had Jake Gyllenhaal as a possible travelmate, but now he’s looking more at Andrew Garfield (who in Hollywood DOESN’T want this guy now that he’s landed “Spider-Man”?) and “Star Trek’s” Chris Pine, who used to be Andrew Garfield before he was replaced by, well, Andrew Garfield. Heat Vision says Liman, who at one point was high on the live-action adaptation of the sci-fi war movie “All You Need is Kill” (another alien invasion flick), might now be considering doing his own version of “Moon” instead. (I reckon that title will get a facelift if the film moves forward.) The premise of Liman’s movie, though, differs greatly from Jones: The story centers on a renegade group of former space employees, led by an Eastern European woman, who travel the world, stealing space equipment in an… Continue Reading »
Rumor has it that Ryan Gosling has been offered the lead in Doug Liman’s adaptation of “All You Need is Kill” for Warner Bros. As expected, the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka will get a Hollywood translation, which will probably also find the film’s Japanese setting (it’s a Japanese novel, with Japanese main characters) transplanted to somewhere more American. Also, word is that the main character’s name will be “Private Billy Cage”, though the premise of the novel appears to remain the same: humanity is on the verge of defeat at the hands of an alien menace; in order to combat this new threat, they suit up in “mechas” (robot suits, essentially) to fight back. The hero, Cage, finds himself caught in a time loop, where each time he dies he begins back in his Army bunk and must relive the day. Essentially “Groundhog Dog” crossed with “Starship Troopers”. Dante Harper penned the script adaptation.
Doug Liman has officially signed on to direct the big-screen adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s 2004 novel “All You Need is Kill” for Warner Bros. More about Sakurazaka’s award-winning novel (with illustrations by Yoshitoshi ABe): The story is told from the first person point of view of the protagonist Keiji Kiriya. Keiji is a new recruit in the United Defense Force, fighting against the mysterious creatures called ‘Mimics’ which have laid siege to Earth. Keiji is killed on his first sortie, but through some inexplicable phenomenon wakes up having returned to the day before the battle, only to find himself caught in a time loop as his death and resurrection repeats time and time again. Keiji’s skills as a soldier grows as he passes through the time loops trying to change his fate. According to Wiki, there are four main characters in the novel: Keiji Kiriya – A new recruit in the United Defense Force. He finds himself caught in a… Continue Reading »
In this Warner Bros. purchased script by Dante Harper, based on the book by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, love is no longer all you need. For one soldier, killing is everything when everyday you get dead and wake up in the morning alive and have to do the whole thing again. Here’s the official synopsis: Theres one thing worse than dying. Its coming back to do it again and again . . . When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keijis escape, or to his final death? Dante got 3 million for the adaptation, so it… Continue Reading »