Doug Liman Confirmed to Direct ALL YOU NEED IS KILL

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We’ve been keeping tabs on All You Need is Kill for awhile now, since it was a Dante Harper spec script with a cool title and an even cooler conceit that managed to siren $3 million from Warner Bros.  Doug Liman (Fair Game) has been attached as director pretty much all summer, but according to Variety, the studio has made it official.  When we spoke with Liman last month, he was enthused by Harper’s script.

“It’s an amazing script.  It’s a wholly original piece of writing.  It delivers all of the whiz-bang satisfaction of a big Hollywood effects movie, but it does it in a completely original way.”

Hit the jump for the official synopsis, to see just what spoke to Liman so deeply.

all_you_need_is_kill_book_cover_01Here’s the product description for the literary source material, penned by Hiroshi Sakurazaka:

There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death? [Amazon]

Sounds pretty cool to me.  Liman’s shoots are notorious for their manic energy, which could be just the ticket for this material.

Since Warner Bros. put a Liman-directed adaptation of The Three Musketeers on ice (for now), this could be Liman’s follow-up to the political thriller Fair Game, which hits theaters November 5th.  He’s also been linked to an adaptation of Monte Reel’s The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon, a remake of Gambit scripted by Joel and Ethan Cohen, and a filmic chronicle of the Attica prison riots.




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  • Aromcath

    The one things I'm pulling for, with Liman directing, is that he doesn't shoot this thing like an action flick. While a lot of stuff get blown sky high and more then one character ends up swinging a 200KG axe around, it's ultimately not that type of action oriented film. The book details the events rather thematically in a military tactical fashion. In my head I honestly see this movie being shot more like a war-doc with battle mechs. So here's to hoping Liman gets some wicked military advisers and tech savvy engineers who can dream up all the maneuvers and tactics that the mechs use.

  • http://twitter.com/aeghast [A]

    “whiz-bang satisfaction” — now that's an original description..

  • MCP

    The Bitch of War, you should not fail w/ a character name like that!

    Wheremybitches!

    end of line

  • TheWatcher

    ^win.

  • machin3man

    Quick check Mr. Bettinger, did Joel Cohen & Etan Cohen take over the Gambit remake? Or did you mean the Coen Brothers? I've been getting the names confused for each other ever since I saw Tropic Thunder.
    Much appreciated

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