Tom Cruise + Groundhog Day + aliens = All You Need Is Kill

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Dec 16, 2012

Tom Cruise must be in the middle of a serious sci-fi kick these days. He was already set to star in Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinki's alien-invasion epic Horizons, and now he's signing on for All You Need Is Kill, an alien war movie with a dash of Groundhog Day thrown in.

All You Need Is Kill, based on a novel by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, is the story of a soldier who relives his last day in the midst of an alien war over and over, presumably improving his battle skills and his human empathy along the way.

The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman has been trying to get the project moving since the summer of 2010, and now it looks like, with Cruise attached, the project will start shooting late next year. The original novel calls for the lead character to be a young recruit, but Liman's been after an older actor to carry the weight. Brad Pitt was reportedly the first choice, but Cruise wound up with the part.

Horizons, meanwhile, was looking for a female lead the last time we looked in on it. In that film, the alien war has already happened, and Cruise plays a guy who maintains drones that keep an apparently still-hostile alien population in check.

Both concepts sound interesting. Which one would you rather see?

(Variety via Vulture)