All You Need Is Kill: First Look

Posted by Grey Saturday, November 10, 2012

"Die in Battle. Reborn in Victory." Here's our First Look at director Doug Liman and actor Tom Cruise's upcoming live-action adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill. 


Japanese science fiction and fantasy light novel author Hiroshi Sakurazaka's 2004 effort, All You Need Is Kill, was a surprise hit that became a sensation from the sci-fi circle in Japan for its innovative concept: Starship Trooper meets Groundhog Day. One might perceive this very idea to be a lucky mix-and-match effort but do bear in mind how often random mixed bags often ended up and how Source Code barely accomplished the task with its last moments. Apart from that, the niche concept of an untrained soldier dying in the opening minutes of his first battle with an unknown alien race and finding himself awake to relive the doomed day over and over again is quite an awesome take on the tried-and-true Groundhog Day formula for the fact that the soldier can potentially be toughened into someone who might just end the war.

And with every local phenomenon in this age of globalization, Hollywood is merely few door knocks away. Best known for his films like The Bourne Identity and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, director Doug Liman has been chosen by Warner Bros. Pictures to adapt the popular light novel into a live-action space action drama starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Hit the jump for the first image freshly released by Warner Bros.


For maximum culture shock value, here's the cover to the original light novel.


Here's the official synopsis for the film:

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. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over. 

But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.  

Oscar® nominee Cruise (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “Collateral,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) lead an international cast that also includes Bill Paxton (“Aliens,” HBO’s “Big Love”), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood”), Tony Way (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle”), Franz Drameh (“Attack the Block”), Dragomir Mrsic (“Snabba Cash II”), and Charlotte Riley (“World Without End”). 

Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”) is directing the film from a screenplay by Dante Harper, Christopher McQuarrie and Joby Harold, based on the acclaimed novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Erwin Stoff (“The Blind Side,” “I Am Legend”), Gregory Jacobs (“Contagion”) and Jeffrey Silver (“300”) are the producers. The executive producers are Jason Hoffs, Joby Harold, Doug Liman, Dave Bartis, Tom Lassally, Hidemi [frick]uhara, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia and Bruce Berman, with Tim Lewis and Kim Winther serving as co-producers. (Credits are not final.) 

The behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Dion Beebe (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), production designer Oliver Scholl (“Jumper,” “Independence Day”), editor James Herbert (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), costume designer Kate Hawley (upcoming “Pacific Rim”), and Oscar®-nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”). 

The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

All You Need Is Kill is currently scheduled to be released on March 14, 2014.

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