Few action films in the past decade have surprised as much as 2014's Edge of Tomorrow. With a fairly stock-standard poster and action star (Tom Cruise) to lead the feature, it appeared as though this would be another CGI-heavy futuristic war title. Something that would be forgotten quickly by moviegoers.
Fast forward to 2017 and with $370.5m in the bank from the box office and widespread critical acclaim courtesy of an engaging story, fans cannot wait to see what director Doug Liman has in store for the follow up. As the 51-year old filmmaker gears up for his May 12 release of The Wall with Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, Liman talked to Collider about his plans for the second installment and what excites him most about the upcoming project.
Rinse, Wash and Repeat - Always Repeat
As the original had a tagline "Live Die Repeat," the sequel is said to just include an extra "Repeat" in the title. Not the most creative of concepts, but for those that understand the story, it will make sense.
“We have an amazing story!" remarked Liman. "It’s incredible! Way better than the first film, and I obviously loved the first film. It will be called Live Die Repeat and Repeat. 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.”
Liman: Edge 2 Will Change The Sequel Game
Following an impress body of work that has established himself as a heavyweight in the industry, Liman has been linked with a number of blockbusters before settling on DC's Justice League Dark last year. Full of confidence in his own ability, the director believes that Edge of Tomorrow 2: Live Die Repeat and Repeat will surpass what the first managed to accomplish, setting a new benchmark for follow ups in the process.
“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.’ 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.”