Tom Cruise May Lead Doug Liman's 'All You Need is Kill' Adaptation?
There hasn't been any movement on the project since Doug Liman was lined up to direct the adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel All You Need is Kill, but now it sounds like Warner Bros. may finally have a big name to lead the ambitious sci-fi project. In a THR article about A-list star Tom Cruise and his continued relevance in the industry, there's a fleeting mention of the actor being in talks to lead Liman's film which is now apparently has the title We Mortals Are. SlashFilm points out the script should be calling for a younger star, but a bigger name is needed to justify what could be a $150 million budget.
Here's the official synopsis of the novel:
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?
It's easy to see why the script for the film has been described as Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers, and that sounds like the making of an action-packed sci-fi venture. The question is whether or not Cruise is really willing to take on another big sci-fi film after shooting Horizons with Joseph Kosinski early next year. Of course, getting a name like Cruise might be the only way Liman's expensive film could get off the ground. Apparently Brad Pitt was also sought for the lead role, but a deal never came together. Here's hoping this venture turns out better than Liman's last sci-fi effort Jumper.