The rumors about Harrison Ford‘s injury continue to snowball and threaten to delay production Star Wars Episode VII. How are filmmakers dealing with the injury and could it impact the release date? Read about that, and all the items below, in this edition of Star Wars Bits.
- Several Episode VII action scenes are potentially detailed.
- A rumored premiere date, and details, are leaked for Star Wars Rebels.
- Tom Cruise is rumored to have a role in Star Wars Episode VII.
- David Cronenberg was offered a Star Wars sequel, thirty years ago.
- Star Wars Scene Maker is now available.
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Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, is a terrific summer movie. It leaps off from a seemingly derivative premise (Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers) to create excellent action sequences and a couple of solid characters. The script is surprisingly restrained, the alien enemies are unusual and memorable, and the whole film is funny — a lot more funny than the stern ad campaign let on.
A new set of concept art — well, an old set of art newly released to the public — doesn’t give much of a hint to the film’s sense of humor, but it does show off the evolution of the story’s aliens and tech designs. There are some great shots here of the flailing, lightning-quick Mimic aliens. And there are a few of the human soldiers tasked with preventing them from taking Earth as their new playground. While you may have seen the film’s powered exoskeletons in trailers and posters, you can now see how one early design might have transformed some of the human armor into something like the Batpod (above). See much more art below. Read More »
There is so much to like about Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow. An adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel All You Need Is Kill, the film takes sci-fi elements from The Matrix, Aliens, Starship Troopers, manga and more, and wraps them all up in a rewarding time travel conceit right out of Groundhog Day. Next, it builds upon that construct in a way we’ve never seen, managing to entertain with humor, action and suspense. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt both bring a grounded, confident charisma to their roles. and Liman’s direction mixes the biggest scope imaginable with beautiful, quiet, intimate moments. The film is almost amazing.
However, a few small but distracting issues – mostly derived from the script by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth – hold the film back from reaching its full potential. Still, even with those problems, Edge of Tomorrow delivers on its promise of a memorable, exciting and emotional sci-fi action film. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
In last year’s Oblivion, Tom Cruise wandered around a post-apocalyptic Earth that had been destroyed by battle with hostile alien forces. In this year’s Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise will be trying to stop hostile alien forces from destroying Earth in the first place — by destroying himself, again and again.
Which all sounds very grim for the character, but by all accounts Edge of Tomorrow has a sharper sense of humor than you’d expect. The action apparently isn’t too shabby either. Check out four new Edge of Tomorrow clips after the jump.
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Christopher McQuarrie is definitely directing Mission: Impossible 5 for returning star Tom Cruise, but things have taken a slight detour. The production just hired Will Staples to re-write the script which was originally written by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). Staples has yet to have a screenplay produced, but is a vet in the world of video game writing. His biggest success is the video game equivalent of Avatar or The Avengers: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Read More »
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The second Edge of Tomorrow trailer is now online. Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, Doug Liman directs the time-traveling, sci-fi action film based on the graphic novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Think Groundhog Day meets Aliens. It’s out June 6. Check out the latest Edge of Tomorrow trailer below. Read More »
Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise did a movie together when Cruise was an established superstar and Pitt was just starting out, but 1994’s Interview With a Vampire didn’t quite become a classic of the vampire genre. Now, after twenty years, they may re-team for a story grounded in reality, and which has been in development for a few years with both actors attached at different times. Read More »
We’ve long referred to Edge of Tomorrow, originally called All You Need is Kill, as “Starship Troopers plus Groundhog Day,” because Tom Cruise plays a guy thrown into battle against an alien force who is killed moments after he gets to the fight. But he doesn’t stay dead; instead he wakes up on that fateful morning of battle over and over again, and therefore has to fight and die over and over again.
That repeated last day turns out to be the chance for this guy to really become a soldier, as the extra lives mean that he can learn to fight and survive, with a little help from another warrior (Emily Blunt).
Check out the trailer below, which comes complete with a little bit of Bill Paxton. Read More »
There will almost certainly be a Jack Reacher sequel — the questions are “when,” and “by whom”? Notice that we don’t have to ask which of the many Lee Child novels the film will be based on, because Tom Cruise, Skydance Productions, and Paramount are now developing the most recent book, Never Go Back, as the sequel. (It’ll probably be titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, in the parlance of our times.)
Those who read all of Child’s novels will know that Never Go Back isn’t quite a standalone story; it is motivated by a phone call Jack Reacher had with the current commanding officer of his old military unit, and he’s spent a couple books trying to get to a base in Virginia to follow up on the call.
There’s something a lot more important in this book, however: a smart, super-precocious teen girl. She could easily end up taking a bigger role in the film than she does in the book, and in so doing make the movie attractive to audiences that didn’t even glance in Jack Reacher‘s direction. Read More »