What’s in a name? Quite a lot, when it comes to the movies.
Though critics hailed Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow” as a gripping and clever sci-fi thriller with a great concept, it fumbled at the box office in 2014, only making $29 million in its opening weekend against a budget of $178 million. For an action-packed movie starring Tom Cruise, with a buzzy director at the helm and Emily Blunt to boot, that’s not great.
Many attributed this to the wishy-washy title, which Warner Bros. changed from “All You Need Is Kill,” the Japanese novel on which the movie was based. Liman and the studio then pushed a different title for the DVD and Blu-ray release, stamping every VOD release with: “Live. Die. Repeat.” That title reveals much more about the movie’s content, about a soldier caught in a time loop of the day of his death.
In an interview with Collider while promoting his new movie, “The Wall,” Liman revealed that he has a story in mind for the sequel, as well as a title: “Live. Die. Repeat. And Repeat.” “We have an amazing story! It’s incredible! Way better than the first film, and I obviously loved the first film,” said Liman. “Tom [Cruise] is excited about it, and Emily Blunt is excited about it. The big question is just when we’ll do it. But it’s not an if, it’s a when.”
Sure, that clunker of a name is sure to fix all of the movie’s titular problems. Luckily, the first movie has enough fans that they won’t be deterred this time.