Tom Cruise Continues to Love Sci-Fi, Attached to 'Yukikaze' Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
April 15, 2013
For those who love Tom Cruise in Top Gun and the actor's recent venture into sci-fi with this week's Oblivion and the forthcoming All You Need Is Kill, why not put all that in one film? Deadline has word that Cruise is now attached to an adaptation of Yukikaze, a large-scale adaptation of Chohel Kamayashi graphic novel of the same name set up at Warner Bros. Set in the early 21st century, the story happens 30 years after an alien force known as JAM has attacked Earth. But unlike most alien invasion movies, this one follows humanity chasing the aliens back through an Antarctic portal to their strange planet nicknamed “Fairy.”
But the fight won't be finished until the new formed FAF, a combat force created to go to Fairy, eliminates JAM once and for all. Cruise would be playing Second Lieutenant Rei Fukai (the Japanese name will probably be changed) carries out his missions in the skies over Fairy. From the graphic novel synopsis, Fukai is "attached to Tactical Combat and Surveillance Unit 3 of the Special Air Force, his duty is to gather information on the enemy and bring it back to base—no matter the human cost. His only constant companion in this lonely task is his fighter plane, the sentient FFR-31 Super Sylph, call sign: Yukikaze."
This sounds like it might be a little similar to the two proposed sequels to Independence Day that Roland Emmerich was recently talking about, so Fox might want to hurry up. Of course, Cruise is one busy guy, and he may not even stay attached to the project. After all, he has a new Mission: Impossible in the works, a sequel to Jack Reacher finally seems likely, and he's also in consideration for Warner Bros. adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Personally, this new project sounds like the coolest option, and Cruise is a great fit in sci-fi. Let's just hope Oblivion does well this weekend so maybe this project has some hope.