Edge of Tomorrow 2 Might Be Doug Liman's Next Movie
The box office for Edge of Tomorrow may not have screamed sequel, but a follow-up to the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt action sci-fi has been in development for the last couple of years, and director Doug Liman has offered an update. Speaking to Collider, Liman teased that Edge of Tomorrow 2 (or Live, Die, Repeat and Repeat as it's currently titled) could be his next project.
“We’re just working on the script… [We’re no longer working on scheduling issues], now it’s down to we have a window where we could go do it, and we’re frantically working on the script. It’s one of those movies that we’ll only go make if we love the script. It’s not one of those things where the studio is pushing us to make it and they don’t really care if it’s good or not. If the movie happens, it will be because Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise and myself are passionate about making it, which is a great place to be. She doesn’t need this movie, he doesn’t need this movie, and I don’t need it. We’re gonna make it if we really believe in it. We have story that the three of us love, so we’re working hard on the script.”
The story for the sequel was created by frequent Tom Cruise collaborator (and co-writer of the first film) Christopher McQuarrie, plot details have been kept under wraps, but it is believed that the new movie will serve as a prequel and a sequel. Liman previously claimed that "it’s gonna revolutionise how people make sequels", so no pressure then.
Despite a generic title, Edge of Tomorrow was hugely entertaining and was one of my favourites movies of 2014. Unexpectedly funny, a neat concept, a great supporting role for the late great Bill Paxton, with Blunt and Cruise on fine form. Thanks to a robust performance on Home Entertainment, a sequel become a possibility, but (and I say this as a fan) does a near perfect self-contained movie need a sequel? Given that Warner Bros is actively pushing for a sequel, the filmmakers must have something special for the studio to even consider giving it the go-ahead. Edge of Tomorrow wasn't cheap to make, costing an estimated $178 million and generating $370 worldwide, the movie didn't lose money, but it was hardly the blockbuster Warner Bros had expected.
Meanwhile, Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie are currently finishing up filming on Mission Impossible 6 in London after Cruise injured himself on set late last year. Also starring Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, and Henry Cavill, Mission Impossible 6 hits cinemas on July 27.