It looks as though Tom Cruise is looking to become a top box office contender once again as the star has his eye on yet another film that has great blockbuster potential. Deadline is reporting that Cruise has committed to the sci-fi film All You Need Is Kill.
The story is based off a Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and tells the story of a raw recruit (Cruise) that is thrown into a battle against an alien species and gets killed in the process. That’s not a spoiler, in fact it’s the recurring theme of the film — much like Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day. Each time the recruit is killed he’s reborn to live the same day once again, slowly building his skills, learning from his mistakes and changing things that may just turn the tide of the war.
With Cruise on board and Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) set to direct, Warner Bros. is looking to push forward with the film sooner rather than later; however Cruise has prior commitments to Horizons, another sci-fi film that will likely take precedence and be shot before All You Need Is Kill.
The Pulse: Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol is the film I’m most looking forward to heading into the final month of the year and the good news keeps cruising in for fans of one of the biggest movie stars of all time. With Rock of Ages in the can, One Shot being filmed right now and Horizons on deck, it’s a busy time for the one time can’t miss box-office stud. All of those films have huge potential; as does All You Need Is Kill, which likely wouldn’t see release until sometime in 2014.
I’ve heard some complaints that Cruise is too old to play a “raw recruit” and that the ball should be given to a 20-something to run with, but I must disagree. If you want proof of how well he can pull off being an ordinary guy in an extraordinary situation just look at War of the Worlds, where Cruise played a father fighting to survive with his two children. The term “raw recruit” doesn’t have to mean a young guy who just joined the army, as it could just as easily be an untrained man who is forced into the army due to an alien invasion.
If I had one complaint it’s that the title of the film is incredibly awkward. If Hollywood can change the much better name of Let the Right One In to the incredibly aggressive sounding Let Me In, surely they can do the opposite and fix this one up before it starts shooting.
Do you think that Cruise is setting himself up to rise to the top of the box-office once again? Do you think the role should be given to a younger actor? Do you believe the name works the way it is, or also think it should be changed? Sound off below!
Tags: Science Fiction, Tom Cruise