Warner Bros. has posted a number of photos from the set of its latest sci-fi adaptation.
All You Need is Kill, based on the novel of the same name by Kiroshi Sakurazaka, 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 Forces to combat an extraterrestrial threat known as 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, so we don’t know for sure what has been changed from the original plot other than the few previously revealed details -that the nationality and age of the protagonist were being alteredd to match the lead actor.
These photos showing Cruise on set also point to a new setting. While the novel took place in Tokyo, the film will be set in London. The uniform cruise is wearing also seems very European. Nothing here even looks all that futuristic, so we may even be changing time-frames.
You can view a few more images from this set in the gallery over on ComingSoon. We also have this image below from earlier in the production which shows at least one of the sci-fi elements of the film.
The adaptation was penned by the up-and-coming Dante Harper, who also wrote the upcoming Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter, but is otherwise mostly untested. He is also working on a Timothy McVeigh biopic called Dreamland (which is in production), an adaptation of Asimov’s Foundation, and Paramount's Black Hole. This does seem like a lot of projects at once for an untested writer, but I guess we’ll know how good he is fairly soon when Hansel & Gretel hits theaters.
All You Need is Kill, which also stars Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, has a recently confirmed release date of March 7, 2014.