Doug Liman is gearing up to film “Edge of Tomorrow 2,” which will reteam the director with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. It was previously reported that a sequel was underway after the 2014 film exceeded expectations and received positive reviews from critics.
While details are under wraps for “Edge of Tomorrow 2,” Liman told Collider that the sequel will actually be a prequel.
“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,” he stated.
The script is written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. Christopher McQuarrie, who helped fine tune the original film, is also involved in this new project.
The first film told the story of Bill Cage (Cruise), a cowardly public relations officer with no combat experience, who relives the same day over and over again with the day restarting every time he dies. He then teams up with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt) in seeking a way to defeat the extraterrestrials who have invaded Earth.
With “Edge of Tomorrow 2” Liman hopes to “revolutionize how people make sequels.”
“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,’” he explained. “I had these intellectual ideas on how you should make a sequel that are unlike how anybody else makes a sequel, and this script and this idea fit perfectly into that idea. So it’s gonna revolutionize how people make sequels. 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.”
Liman’s recent credits include the virtual reality TV series “Invisible.” He’s also set to direct “Justice League Dark,” “Attica” and “Luna Park.” Cruise was just seen in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” and is also working on “M:I 6 – Mission Impossible” and “The Mummy” reboot. Blunt’s last film was “The Girl on the Train” and is gearing up to star in Disney’s new Mary Poppins film.