New ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Trailer Looks Like A Fairly Faithful Adaptation Of ‘All You Need Is Kill’ [Video]
Imagine what would happen if Groundhog Day and Halo had a baby, and you’d get something that looks a lot like the Japanese light novel/manga All You Need Is Kill.
Now imagine that story being pretty faithfully adapted into a movie that stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. (With the key difference of the lead characters in the manga being teenagers and Cruise being an ageless robot man.) That’s what Edge of Tomorrow kind of looks like, at least going by the new trailer that went up today.
Written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka with illustrations by Yoshitoshi ABe, All You Need Is Kill was initially released in Japan in 2004 by Shonen Jump publisher Shueisha under its Super Dash Bunko imprint. Since then its been released by Viz Media in English. Its manga adaptation by Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman) and storyboard artist Ryōsuke Takeuchi (ST&RS) featuring character designer by ABe has been running simultaneously in both Shueisha and Viz’s English translation of Shonen Jump since January. There’s a lot of differences between the light novel and manga and this movie — notably that the protagonists are originally Japanese and American as opposed to American and British and that the bad guys in the manga look more like scary flying Madballs covered with spikes — but the core story stuff seems pretty intact… so far.
Edge of Tomorrow, which is directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) opens in theaters June 6.