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Hollywood All You Need is Kill SF Film Will Shoot at Leavesden Studio

by Andrew Osmond
Adaptation of Japanese SF novel filmed at Hertfordshire studio, stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Britain's Leavesden Studios will host the shooting of the SF film All You Need Is Kill, an adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's Japanese prose novel (pictured) starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The original book is about a soldier in a robot power suit who finds himself in a time loop, dying and re-incarnating over and over again during an alien invasion.

Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) is directing. Emily Blunt previously told Entertainment Weekly magazine that she would undergo intensive training: "I'm actually quite nervous about the training. I'm supposed to be playing one of the best soldiers in the world. Ha. Ha. I think my life is going to be miserable for about 10 weeks. But I'm very excited."

Leavesden Studios (which now has the full name of Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, since Warner purchased it in 2010) is based outside Watford in Hertfordshire. Every Harry Potter film had scenes filmed there, and the public Harry Potter tour (officially called the "Warner Bros. Studio Tour") is based there. Other films partly shot at Leavesden in the past include the James Bond film GoldeEye, The Dark Knight and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

The Independent newspaper reports that Chancellor George Osborne says the All You Need Is Kill film will create 500 jobs.

Viz Media published Sakurazaka's novel in English to launch its Haikasoru imprint for Japanese science fiction and fantasy in 2009. The book's anime-style cover drawn by Yoshitoshi ABe (Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei).


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