All You Need is Kill is a go

Posted by CB Droege

Warner Bros. is ready to kick off production of its upcoming sci-fi adaptation.

As you may recall, the film was previously titled We are Mortals, and then changed back to its original title. It has been in development for nearly a year, and began casting about eight months ago with the decision to bring on Tom Cruise for the lead role - and then slightly retool the script to account for Cruise’s age.

Casting is reportedly complete, including the inclusion of Emily Blunt as the female lead. Production has been waiting on Cruise to finish with filming for Oblivion, another sci-fi adaptation project, over at Ironhead Studios (with Universal Pictures). Now that Oblivion is finished, the star has been flown to London, where All You Need is Kill will be filmed.

All You Need is Kill was nominated for several awards in Japan. It represents the breakthrough in the career of Hiroshi Sakurazaka, though the story is mostly derivative. The tale is sort of a cross between Starship Troopers and Groundhog Day - neither of which are highly original themselves.

Essentially, the plot is thus: A young man named Keiji joins the United Defense Force to combat an extraterrestrial threat called the Mimics. In his very first encounter, Keiji is killed and wakes up on the morning before the battle.

Each day he tries again to survive the battle, learning and, evolving as a highly-trained soldier with each run-through, hoping that, eventually, he will be competent enough to survive.

Bitch of War is a master soldier who only appears to him in the battle on his 158th run through. Seeing her, he knows that she’s the key to his escape, somehow, whether it’s from survival or the release of death.

No official synopsis for the film has been released yet.

The adaptation was penned by the up-and-coming Dante Harper, who is also working on a Timothy McVeigh biopic called Dreamland (which is in production), an adaptation of Asimov’s Foundation, an action adaptation of Hansel & Gretel, and Paramount's Black Hole - which seems like a lot of projects at once for an untested writer, but I guess we’ll know how good he is fairly soon.

No release date has yet been announced for All You Need is Kill.