NY Mag: Warner Offers Brad Pitt All You Need is Kill Film
posted on by Egan Loo
New York magazine's Vulture blog reported on Friday that the film studio Warner Bros. Pictures has offered actor Brad Pitt (Moneyball, Inglourious Basterds, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 12 Monkeys) the lead role in a film adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's Japanese text novel All You Need Is Kill. Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith) confirmed last year that he is attached to the proposed film.
All You Need is Kill revolves around a battle-armored soldier who finds himself dying and re-incarnating over and over again during an alien invasion. Viz Media published Sakurazaka's novel in English to launch its Haikasoru imprint for Japanese science fiction and fantasy.
Vulture described Warner's initial concern about the third act in the film script by Dante Harper: "Eventually, it begins to play like a big-screen version of Halo, where the protagonist dispatches aliens in the same rote way as a twelve-year-old who's played too much Xbox 360. We're told, however, that a new draft of the Kill script has resolved this to the studio's satisfaction — and now it wants to enlist Pitt."
According to Vulture, the opportunity for Pitt to star in All You Need Is Kill arose when financing for Luna, another film project planned by Liman, fell through. Warner Brothers paid a low seven-figure price for Harper's All You Need is Kill script last spring. Linman previously worked with Pitt on Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
[Via Ace Showbiz]