Warner Bros Pays Top Dollar for 'All You Need Is Kill' Script

April 5, 2010
Source: Deadline

All You Need Is Kill

I love reporting on stories like this. Deadline announced today that Warner Bros paid at least $1 million for a spec script that is an adaptation of a Japanese novel called All You Need Is Kill. The spec was written by a fresh new writer named Dante Harper who has been making a lot of big deals around town recently with some strong scripts and other top dollar writing gigs. Apparently his script deal with Warner Bros includes an "aggressive progress to production clause" that will actually get this moved into production and shooting within 12 months because it's also a movie that can be made quickly. You've got to hear the concept, too.

All You Need Is Kill is a Japanese novel originally written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It's another futuristic alien invasion movie, but uses a Groundhog Day-like plot device where one soldier is caught in some sort of repetitive time loop. A raw recruit, pressed into battle against an alien species, gets killed in action. But he is reborn each day to suffer the same fate. Eventually, he notices that he is becoming a better warrior and that other circumstances are changing, which might be the key to altering the outcome. This actually sounds very similar to Duncan Jones' Source Code, which is currently shooting, so maybe this is WB's competing project.

I just think this sounds like an awesome, unique, and potentially brilliant concept, that I'm happy to see at a studio like Warner that not only knows what they're doing, but has a high level of quality that I'm glad this project will have as well. As long as they attach a great director, this should be one sci-fi project to definitely keep our eyes on as it develops, along with Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, also in the works at WB. Thoughts?

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I dig it!

MonsterKilledThePilot on Apr 5, 2010


Sounds exactly like that other 'alien invasion' script that sold last year to some major studio. I think it was called THE DAYS BEFORE. And it's about a yougn guy who skips ahead one day in time, before an alien invasion.

Hellboy on Apr 5, 2010


Reliving an alien invasion over and over again? See a recently sold script called "The Days Before" by Chad St. John.

Walker on Apr 5, 2010


sounds good.

Xerxex on Apr 6, 2010


#2 / #3 - Doesn't matter if it's the same, just matters which one gets made first. Sounds like this one will beat that other one for sure.

Alex Billington on Apr 6, 2010


Yeah, this is a lot like The Days Before. The only difference is that instead of reliving the same day, the character in TDB goes back in time one day over and over again (from april 6th, to 5th, to 4th, etc). Too bad that we'll probably never get to see that movie. The script was great.

Luke on Apr 6, 2010


Alex surely you'e not suggesting it doesnt matter who came up with the concept/idea first just who gets it published fastest? 😉

dom on Apr 6, 2010


well the manga came out in 2004 so how old is the script?

nelson on Apr 6, 2010

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