Doug Liman's 2017 war drama The Wall was met with little fanfare or accolades, only securing $1.8m at the box office from a small $3m budget earlier this month. As he was doing the press rounds promoting his film starring John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, attention quickly turned to his science fiction blockbuster sequel for Edge of Tomorrow.
The first installment with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt was something of a sleeper hit in 2014. And, following the announcement that the upcoming title would be called Edge of Tomorrow: Live, Die, Repeat and Repeat, the filmmaker gave an update about the new Warner Brothers extravaganza that already banked $370.5m three years prior. While Liman understands the pressures of the sequel, he believes that he can avoid the pitfalls so many directors suffer from.
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Speaking with MTV, Liman went into detail about the action feature and what expectations the audience might have coming into part two. Having Cruise and Blunt return will be a major factor, but a third party is said to play a significant role.
"I think what people tend to do with sequels is they just make them bigger," he argues. "And I'm like, 'No, a sequel should be smaller.' You did the first film as sort of the ad campaign for the sequel, so now you don't need as much action, and in the case of Edge of Tomorrow, people obviously loved the comedy and they loved the situation. So we can do way more focused on Tom's character (Major William 'Bill' Cage) and Emily Blunt's character (Sergeant Rita Vrataski), and there's a third character in the sequel that's gonna for sure steal the movie. We can focus on that. I don't need an action sequence every two minutes."
Liman: Edge 2 Will Round Out The Story
Teasing a second installment by the conclusion of Edge of Tomorrow, Liman will not be doing the same for the follow up. Poking fun at the time travel script that he called both a sequel and prequel, Edge of Tomorrow: Live, Die, Repeat and Repeat has yet to announce a release date or production schedule.
"I see this as a two-movie franchise. There's the completion of the story we set up in the first movie and the relationships between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, because, remember, at the end of the first movie, she doesn't know who he is, and that's gonna launch us into an amazing new direction. It does actually 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."