BREAKING: Tom Cruise is ready to roll on All You Need Is Kill. He’s committing to the film, and Warner Bros is speeding it toward production as fast as it can with Doug Liman directing the Dante Harper script that has been rewritten by Joby Harold. Cruise will have to square that with a commitment to star in the Joseph Kosinski-directed Oblivion, which has Jessica Chastain playing one of the two female leads, and Universal testing a small list of actresses for the other role in the futuristic apocalyptic tale. I believe Oblivion will be his next film and that All You Need Is Kill will follow.
Kill is a project Cruise has been mulling for months and now they are sorting out the schedule for an actor who certainly has regained his leading-man mojo. He’ll next be seen in Rock Of Ages, and is shooting the Christopher McQuarrie-directed One Shot, though he’s right now on an international tour for Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.
Back in April 2010, the studio paid low-seven figures against a purchase price near $3 million for All You Need Is Kill, Harper’s adaptation of the Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The book was published originally in Japan by Shueisha and its English-language translation was published by VIZ Media. Jason Hoffs, the former DreamWorks exec who is head of production at VIZ Media, got the project to 3 Arts’ Erwin Stoff and Tom Lassally. They optioned the book and involved the writer.
The storyline puts a Groundhog Day plot device into a futuristic alien-invasion storyline. A raw recruit, pressed into battle against an alien species, gets killed in action. But he is reborn each day to suffer the same fate. Eventually, he notices that he is becoming a better warrior and that other circumstances are changing, which might be the key to altering the outcome. The film will be produced by Stoff, Lassally and Hoffs, with Hidemi Fukuhara executive producing with Harold.