‘Edge of Tomorrow 2’ Is a ‘Sequel That’s a Prequel,’ Director Doug Liman Reveals

Maybe it should be retitled “Edge of Yesterday.”

Director Doug Liman has revealed that “Edge of Tomorrow 2” will in fact be a prequel to the Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt time-bending action hit, rather than a sequel.

“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 said in an interview with Collider.

The original “Edge of Tomorrow” took the tried and tested Cruise action hero formula and flipped it on its head. In the film, Cruise played a cowardly public affairs officer who was trained and beaten up over and over again by Blunt’s character in a time warp of ass-kicking.

The film was a huge hit for Warner Bros., taking $370.5 million worldwide, and the sequel-prequel will see Liman back in the director’s chair, and the return of the deadly Cruise-Blunt combo.

How the second installment will be set in relation to the first is still unclear, but Liman promised it will “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,'” Liman said. “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.”

“Race” scribes Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse signed to write the script in April, and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, who helped fine-tune the screenplay for the original, will also be involved with the project.

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