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All You Need Is Kill – Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers

Posted by LiveFor on April 6, 2010

The heading of this post is all you need to know and that knowing equals awesome. What a great sounding concept and an excellent title.

For those who would like to know more, Deadline have the news that Warner Bros paid low-seven figures against for a Dante Harper-scripted adaptation of the Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It also has an aggressive progress to production clause that will likely get the film before the cameras within 12 months. What that basically means is they didn’t need to pitch the film, but there was no guarantee that it would be made into a film.

The plot of the book goes like this:

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?

As well as Groundhog Day it also sounds similar to the Duncan Jones film Source Code which is being filmed with Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier reliving a train bombing over and over to discover the culprit.

I do like the sound of All You Need Is Kill though. Lots of action and as the repetitive days go on the hero becomes a better soldier – basically like the game systems in Dead Rising where everytime you play through you keep what you’ve already earned – and he finds other people in a similar situation to him.

I just hope that it doesn’t turn out that they are all characters in a video game. We’ll have to wait and see.

Anyone read the book? Is it any good? Will it make a good film?
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Judge Dredd – Duncan Jones has an idea

Posted by LiveFor on March 11, 2010

Duncan Jones, Director of Moon and currently making Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal has tweeted an idea he has for a Judge Dredd film.

@ManMadeMoon One day, I would love to tell you my idea for a Judge Dredd film… But not yet. :)

@ManMadeMoon Haha! Ok… I’ll give you my tweet version. It’s a Dredd take on the film “Man bites Dog,” & involves Death & the League of Fatties.

Now a film is currently in development based on a scrip by Alex Garland, but no director is attached. If anyone in Hollywood is listening I reckon Mr Jones would be a splendid choice to direct.

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Source Code – Jeffrey Wright joins Duncan Jones’ new sci-fi film

Posted by LiveFor on February 18, 2010

Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale) has joined the cast of the sci-fi thriller Source Code for Summit Entertainment.

Filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon), who is writing and directing the project, reported the news through his Twitter account.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a helicopter pilot who participates in an experimental anti-terrorist Government program which has puts his consciousness in the body of a commuter who witnesses a train bombing. He must relive the incident over and over until he can find those responsible.

Vera Farmiga plays Gyllenhaal’s handler who advises him through his investigations, while Michelle Monaghan is a passenger romantically involved with the man Gyllenhaal’s mind is occupying

Lots of potential in this film and Duncan Jones is getting a great cast together for it.

Source: Dark Horizons

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Source Code – Duncan Jones’ new film gets Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan

Posted by LiveFor on January 13, 2010

UPDATE: First photos are out from the set showing Jake and Michelle – Check them out.

Vera Farmiga (Up In the Air) is in negotiations and Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, MI3, Eagle Eye, Trucker) is set to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Prince of Persia) in the sci-fi thriller Source Code.

Duncan Jones (Moon – check out my interview with him) is directing the picture, which centers on a soldier (Gyllenhaal) who, as part of an experimental government program to investigate a terrorist incident, finds himself in the body of an unknown commuter living and reliving a harrowing train bombing until he can find out who is responsible for it. Every time the bomb goes off he is thrown back to the government base and then goes through it all again.

Kind of like Groundhog Day crossed with a video game, a splash of Doctor Who and a touch of The Matrix. For some reason the fact it is partly set on a train and involves a top secret experiment reminds me of the start of Half-Life and Half-Life 2 although this film is nothing to do with them. Just my mind going off on a tangent.

Farmiga will play a hands-on communications officer controlling Gyllenhaal as he travels through time and space. Monaghan is a woman on the train with whom the man is involved romantically.

The film is due to begin filming in March.

Farmiga has been nominated by the Globes as best supporting actress for her role in Jason Reitman’s Up In the Air opposite George Clooney.

Monaghan recently finished work on Due Date with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. She recently won a best actress award form the San Diego Film Critics for her performance in Trucker.

Source Code has quite an interesting premise and the cast is shaping up nicely. Like many people I am itching to see another film by Duncan Jones after the excellent work that was Moon.

Are you looking forward to see what Mr Jones did next?

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Duncan Jones to direct Donnie Darko in Source Code

Posted by LiveFor on November 9, 2009

duncan_jonesJake Gyllenhaal is in negotiations to star in sci-fi thriller Source Code according to Variety.

Duncan Jones will direct and Mark Gordon will produce.

It sounds like a nice little concept as it centers on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown commuter and is forced to live and relive a harrowing train bombing until he can determine who is responsible for it. Kind of like a VR thing going on by the sounds of it. He keeps waking up back in an army base every time the bomb goes off and then does it all again. Also reminds me a little of The Jacket starring Adrien Brody.

It will be interesting to see what Jones does with this one after the brilliant Moon starring Sam Rockwell. His sci-fi film Mute, has been put on hold for the moment so Source Code may well be his next film.

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