If you’ve ever found yourself watching Groundhog Day and thinking, “This is good, but what it really needs is aliens and Tom Cruise,” then you’ll want to pay attention to one of Tommy boy’s upcoming film projects. Variety is reporting that Cruise has committed to star in All You Need Is Kill, based on a Japanese graphic novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
So, where does the Groundhog Day element come in? Set during a future war between humans and aliens, All You Need Is Kill will cast Cruise as a soldier who is killed, only to awaken and find himself repeatedly reliving the same day. Thankfully, he carries his memories and skills over each time, giving him a hope of eventually breaking the cycle and changing his fate.
Doug Liman (Fair Game) will be directing, and the original script was written by Dante Harper, who is also penning the feature adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s novel Foundation for Roland Emmerich. It was later rewritten by Joby Harold, and it was supposedly this rewrite that won Cruise over.
While Cruise has committed to the project, he’s still going to have to make it work within his schedule. He’s also signed on to star in another big SF project: Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion (or Horizons…sources seem to disagree about which is the current title). Whichever project winds up shooting first, it looks like we’re going to get a double dose of Cruise in Space over the next few years. Like the guy or not, more high-profile science fiction on the big screen can only be a good thing.