Edge Of Tomorrow has been out for two weeks now, so it seems safe to finally pull the curtains on some concept art. It's been slowly trickling out, with some massive releases by industry concept artists Kev Jenkins and Tim Browning, who have worked on features including World War Z, 47 Ronin, Thor 2- The Dark World just to name a few. For anyone wondering, the movie was pretty decent- kind of resembling a mashup of Groundhog Day and Starship Troopers, in the best way possible.
Some of the early concept art revealed some truly curious information, including this pitch image above with a different name- All You Need Is Kill. This prompted a little research, which brought up some truly surprising information about the origins of Edge Of Tomorrow's intriguing concept.
All You Need Is Kill is the name of a Japanese military science fiction novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka with illustrations by Yoshitoshi Abe released over ten years ago, and it was recently adapted into a manga format. Same premise: A soldier stuck in a temporal loop attempting to figure out how to deal with devastating alien creatures called 'mimics,' which have decimated the world's population. Despite the two having a different ending, the other notable change lies in the protagonists names- Tom Cruise is William Cage, the film's counterpart to All You Need Is Kill's Keiji Kiriya.
I mean, with some minor exceptions it seems like Edge Of Tomorrow is probably the first western blockbuster movie based off of a manga in years, and it's not a publicized fact either. That kind of begs the question: Will the success of Edge Of Tomorrow be the catalyst to more Japanese franchises getting the western adaptation treatment? It's pretty amazing to think of the potential..Perhaps those live action Akira and Evangelion adaptations will happen, and there's so much more original content to draw from. Attack on Titan, anyone?
That aside, Kev Jenkins and Tim Browning created some truly stunning art for the adaptation. Kev Jenkins offered a more dynamic and dangerous take on mimics as well as working on the combat exosuits. Tim Browning focused more on storyboard shots, environmental layout and mood pieces. Check out all the eye candy below.