An Edge Of Tomorrow sequel has been touted ever since its 2014 original stormed into cinemas and wowed audiences with its time-bending narrative as well as Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt’s heroics.
Of course, the potential Edge Of Tomorrow sequel will have to go a long way to outdo its predecessor. But director Doug Liman’s recent comments suggest that it might actually do just that, because not only is Edge Of Tomorrow 2 going to be a follow-up, but it’s also going to be a prequel, too.
Doug Liman made this admission while chatting with Collider about his new virtual reality television series Invisible. The conversation soon turned to Edge Of Tomorrow 2, though, and Liman was eager to reveal that plans for the blockbuster are just as ambitious as they were for the original.
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“That is the only sequel that I’m considering doing, and it’s because first of all the story is so amazing – much better than the original film, and I loved and loved the original film- and second of all, it’s a sequel that’s a prequel,” Liman enthused.
Clearly the Swingers and Bourne Identity director is very excited to get to work on Edge Of Tomorrow 2, as he outlined that the ideas for the blockbuster will allow him to express his own feelings that he has about sequels through the film.
“I’ve had some radical ideas about how to make a sequel that would interest me, in the same way that I had ideas of how you make an independent film and then Swingers came along and it was like, ‘Aha, that’s the perfect movie for me to test these ideas out on,'” Doug Liman continued.
“I had these intellectual ideas on how you should make a sequel that is unlike how anybody else makes a sequel, and this script and this idea fits perfectly into that idea,” Liman remarked, before he then admitted that he has high hopes that his work on Edge Of Tomorrow 2 could in fact change how filmmakers and studios approach sequels.
“So it’s gonna revolutionize how people make sequels,” Liman boldly predicted. “And again that’s why I try to do things like Invisible that are just, the revolution’s sort of built into the idea. It’s more heresy in the film world for me to pitch things that are sort of unheard of.”
Edge Of Tomorrow was one of the most lauded blockbusters of 2014. Based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film is set in the year 2020 on an Earth that has been invaded by an alien race called the Mimics. Tom Cruise’s Bill Cage, who starts off as a public relations officer that’s never seen combat before, is thrust into the first wave of a crucial battle against the aliens.
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Bill Cage dies in combat, only to come back to life because of a time loop that sends him back to the day before the battle, something that occurs every time he perishes in the film. Cage soon decides to team up with Emily Blunt’s Rita Vrataski, a Special Forces warrior, and the pair look for alternative ways to defeat the aliens.
With a budget of $178 million, Edge Of Tomorrow went on to gross $370.5 million, while it also scored a Rotten Tomatoes score of 90 percent amongst critics, too.
The critical consensus for the film on the website read, “Gripping, well-acted, funny, and clever, Edge Of Tomorrow offers entertaining proof that Tom Cruise is still more than capable of shouldering the weight of a blockbuster action thriller.”
Unfortunately, while everyone has agreed to return for Edge Of Tomorrow 2, which has been written by Race’s Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, they are all a bit busy for the foreseeable future. Doug Liman is currently developing Justice League: Dark, while Tom Cruise is prepping for Mission: Impossible 6, and Emily Blunt is set to film Mary Poppins: Returns throughout 2017, too. So it could be quite a while until Edge Of Tomorrow 2 is with us.
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