Why is Warners spending millions of dollars to adapt a Japanese novel you've never heard of? Well, because it sounds awesome.
The world of Japanese literature can be alienating to western readers — primarily, I suppose, because most of it's in Japanese. But there are gems to be found, and Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel is one of them. All You Need is Kill follows one young soldier — recruited to fight an alien invasion — who cannot die. Actually, he can die...and does, on the battlefield, every day, only to wake up every morning to do it all over again. And, each new day finds this recruit getting stronger and smarter — until he figures out how to stop the cycle.
Originally published in Japan by Shueisha and imported by VIZ Media's Haikasoru imprint, Kill was adapted by Dante Harper — who most recently tackled Disney's upcoming Black Hole remake and who took a gamble and wrote Kill on spec, only to reap a seven-figure payday. So pleased were Warner with Harper's script that they agreed to a clause in the contract that would all but demand that All You Need is Kill would start shooting within a year.
Plenty of time for you to read the book.