Well, this is a first. I’ve heard of Hollywood turning anime and Japanese video games into live-action features. Even manga that’s never been animated before. But a Japanese light novel? We’re living in a bold new world when that happens, aren’t we? Deadline reports that Warner Brothers just paid a huge sum for a script adapting Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novella ALL YOU NEED IS KILL with the plan to start filming it within a year. The Seiun Award-winning book had illustrations by Yoshitoshi ABe and was recently brought to America by Viz.
Have any of you out there in time-looping Anime Vice community read this? The story’s about a grunt Keiji in the future who’s fighting in the resistance against an alien occupational force called the Mimics. After he gets killed in his first battle, he awakens to find he’s time-traveled to the previous day. He relives the battle, over and over again, gets killed, over and over again, and awakens in that day, over and over again. Over the course of this infinite loop, his soldier skills improve enough that he soon may have a shot at defying fate and defeating the Mimics. Sounds a bit like GROUNDHOG DAY with mecha.
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this April - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.