As a means to ensure that Akira isn’t the only adaptation on its way to being excellent, Warner Brothers is bringing in some really big names to breathe life into the Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, All You Need Is Kill.
According to Variety Tom Cruise has agreed to star in the flick based on the graphic novel, whose story is in the vein of Groundhog Day with a twist: A soldier in a war against aliens finds himself reliving his last day over and over after being killed. Through the training and battles he experiences in these time loops, he becomes a better soldier.
While a deal with the studio isn’t officially signed, Cruise has been weighing this role for some time after continued talks with director Doug Liman.
Sources say Warners’ Jeff Robinov always wanted a big star, though the script called for a younger actor like Ryan Gosling or Joseph Gordon Levitt. The studio has already had the script rewritten to make the character fit Cruise’s age.
Dante Harper penned the script with Joby Harold doing the rewrite. Sources said Cruise liked the script so much that Liman traveled to Pittsburgh, where the thesp was shooting Paramount and Skydance’s One Shot, to meet with the actor about the role.
There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s 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 Keiji’s escape or to his final death?
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