Tom Cruise is currently filming All You Need Is Kill, which is based on the sci-fi ‘light novel’ written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and illustrated by Yoshitoshi Abe. The story takes place in the near-future and revolves around a human soldier (Cruise) who is killed during a battle against an invading alien army. However, because he came into direct contact with one of the extraterrestrials before his death, Cruise ends up stuck in a time loop where he relives the final day of his life over and over.
Scroll on down for the first official screenshot from All You Need Is Kill, along with additional information about the adaptation of Sakurazaka’s novel (which, for the record, was published after Groundhog Day but before Source Code hit theaters).
All You Need Is Kill, as indicated above, does indeed share some distinct narrative elements with previous films that’ve used the time-loop concept as a plot device. Moreover, the comparisons to books/films where humans fight giant insect-like extraterrestrial creatures (such as Starship Troopers and Ender’s Game) seem inevitable, given that (in the synopsis) the invasive Mimics from All You Need Is Kill are specifically described as “a hive-like alien race.” Of course, what ultimately matters is whether or not Cruise’s film will utilize those familiar tropes in a creative and engaging fashion. Moving on…
The first image of Cruise in the film shows the 50-year old A-lister dodging an explosion while dressed in a mech suit, which lies somewhere between more traditional massive structures (think Aliens, Avatar, etc.) and a lighter design for increased mobility (similar to Matt Damon’s mech suit in Elysium). Overall, it appears to be a practical design – at the least, within the context of a sci-fi film where touching an alien can trap you in a seemingly-endless time loop.
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The All You Need Is Kill script was penned by Dante Harper (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Joby Harold (Awake), with some revisions handled by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote and directed Cruise’s upcoming Jack Reacher) as well as fan-faves Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (who are teaming with Cruise on the Van Helsing reboot). Directorial duties are being handled by Doug Liman, whose resume includes The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Jumper. Lastly, the supporting cast includes Emily Blunt (Looper) and Bill Paxton (Aliens, Twister, Titanic).
All You Need Is Kill hits U.S. theaters on March 14th, 2014. Will you be checking it out?