‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’: Director Doug Liman Says the Sequel May Be His Next Film

2013 sci-fi picture Edge of Tomorrow may have received love from audiences and critics, but the numbers weren’t quite up there.

The film pulled in $US370.8 million worldwide. Not bad, but a production budget of $US178 million and the costs of marketing and distribution didn’t exactly leave it a smash hit. Nevertheless, the film’s fanbase has grown since its home entertainment release, and Warner Bros. seems happy to give a follow-up a crack.

As does director Doug Liman, who’s been adamant that he’s keen on a sequel. Importantly, Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie have also expressed their desire for another round. So, how we lookin’?

“It has the possibility of being my next film,” Liman has said in an interview with the folks at Collider.

That’s right, it’s looking all but certain that we will indeed be getting Edge of Tomorrow 2, which it seems will arrive with the title Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Once it was clear that the necessary parties were excited to return and that the original pic had a substantial enough following to warrant a second film, the issue came down to the script and finding a spot in the busy schedules of Liman, Cruise and Blunt. Well, it appears the latter has been accomplished.

“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,” Liman said, before explaining that there’s no real pressure from the studio to get the film off the ground; it’s mostly down to the passion he and his leads have for the project.

“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,” McQuarrie said. “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 a story that the three of us love, so we’re working hard on the script.”

Liman is currently in post-production on Chaos Walking, a sci-fi film starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. That film’s scheduled for U.S. release on March 1, 2019, meaning Live Die Repeat and Repeat could, possibly, maybe start shooting late this year or early next.

As for what the plot could entail, Liman last year described the follow-up as “a sequel that’s a prequel”, which “does pick up right where we left off, but it doesn’t keep going forward, because we’d screw with time, because the aliens screwed with time”.

Stay tuned.

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