Tom Cruise, one of the biggest names in Hollywood, has chosen his follow-up project to Oblivion: Yukikaze, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed five part anime series of the same name. Yukikaze, the anime series, is based off of the popular scifi novel by Japanese writer Chōhei Kambayashi. (Yikikaze is literally translated as “Windblown Snow”, or a Japanese word for a snow storm.)
The film is a Warner Bros. project with producers Erwin Stoff (The Matrix) and Tom Lassally producing. Viz Media, a popular anime publisher, has executive Jason Hoffs joining the project as a producer.
For those unfamiliar, here’s a synopsis of Yikikaze (its anime adaptation) from Wikipedia:
Yukikaze occurs in the early 21st century. Thirty-three years before the events of the series, an alien force known as the JAM invaded Earth through a dimensional portal that appeared over Antarctica. Without alarming the general public, the United Nations establishes a defense force to oppose the threat and after a series of bloody battles, managed to push the enemy back to the other side of the portal. The UN establishes five bases on a planet named “Fairy” to continue the offensive against the JAM with the Fairy Air Force (FAF) leading the way. The main character, Lt Rei Fukai, pilots the Super Sylph B-503 fighter, nicknamed “Yukikaze”, an advanced armed tactical reconnaissance plane equipped with a near-sentient AI system, and belongs to the FAF’s recon squadron, the Boomerang Squadron. Over the course of the series, Fukai and the FAF struggles to defeat the JAM, who have perfected the art of human cloning and planted agents all over the FAF.
The series screams scifi, and its Air Force and combat-heavy plot is perfect for Cruise, who has carried many war-based and scifi films to date. It’s a great, albeit very similar, project for Cruise to pick up after finishing Oblivion. However, the actor has quite a lot on his plate, having already committed to another Mission Impossible film in addition to a sequel to Jack Reacher, so it’ll be quite a while before Yikikaze hits production.
No release date has been announced, but we’ll be sure to cover the project as it grows in pre-production!