Tom Cruise Continues to Love Sci-Fi, Attached to 'Yukikaze' Adaptation

April 15, 2013

Tom Cruise / Yukikaze

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.

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YEESSSSSSS!!!!! YUKIKAZE is one of the best SF novels I've ever read. The anime adaptation was good, but I've hoped for a live-action version since reading the novel....this is good, no, GREAT news. But is _not_ a graphic novel--it is an actual, full-blown SF novel first published in 1984 in Japan (the English translation was first published around 2009-2010). So it came out _before_ INDEPENDENCE DAY. And the novel is regarded as one of the best Japanese SF novels ever written.

Scopedog on Apr 15, 2013


You definitely just sold me on this and moved it up my most anticipated list.

Matt Peloquin on Apr 15, 2013


If you can get your hands on the book, do so. It's a great read (at least I thought it was), and it's a different take on the "man vs. alien" trope. The anime has been released in the US in English, and you can find it on DVD or online.

Scopedog on Apr 15, 2013


Thanks I'll try to find it.

Matt Peloquin on Apr 16, 2013


Say whatever you want about Cruises personal life, but the guy has an IMDB resume of a god and hes just plain badass, I look forward to any projects hes in.

Cody W on Apr 15, 2013


Exactly.Personal live of any actor should not even matter unless you are somehow involved with the actor on a personal level in everyday life which most of us are not.The work should speak for it self.Who cares about the stupid shit actors do in real life.Unless of course they are eating live kittens for breakfast.And even then it's none of our business.

e1531935 on Apr 16, 2013


Jesus."Personal live". I am an idiot.

e1531935 on Apr 16, 2013


You can edit your posts, you know.

Linkfx on Apr 16, 2013



Scopedog on Apr 16, 2013


The Scientology thing is just a big tax shelter to begin with.

trongoll on Apr 16, 2013


Cool more white washing.

Lulzdragon on Apr 16, 2013

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