After “circling” the project, Doug Liman (fresh off his Valerie Plame movie “Fair Game”, below) has officially signed on to direct the live-action adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s award-winning time-travel war movie “All You need is Kill” for Warner Bros.
Published in 2004, “All you Need is Kill” follows Keiji Kiriya, a new recruit with the United Defense Force, who are fighting a war against an alien race known as Mimics that have invaded Earth. On his first mission, Keiji ends up dead, but finds himself resurrected back before the day of the battle, and eventually realizes he’s caught in some kind of time loop where after each death he begins at the same place all over again. It’s sorta like “Groundhog Day,” except the deaths are probably not nearly as “cute”. As Keiji continues to die and loop back in time, he begins to grow as a soldier. The book’s other major character is Rita Vrataski, a legendary U.S. Special Forces soldier who enters Keiji’s life throughout various points in his time looping.
With Liman jumping onboard “Kill”, his planned “The Three Musketeers” for Warner will be put on hold. I guess when it came right down to it, the studio didn’t feel like competing with Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Musketeers”, which he’s already in full production on for Summit Entertainment.
Liman is a pretty good candidate to direct a movie like “Kill”. He’s already proven his mettle with action (“The Bourne Identity”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”), and he’s already tackled sci-fi (“Jumper”). Now he’ll need to cast the two soldiers — Keiji and Rita. If, that is, they decide to keep the novel’s Japanese flavor (the story is told in first-person through Keiji’s eyes), which is doubtful.