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

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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.


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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.”


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“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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  1. Trigger says:

    The first edge of tomorrow was not considered “a huge hit” as you say. It was actually considered a box office flop despite its rave reviews. Its 180 million budget needed to make 3x in order to be considered profitable.

  2. This and Jumper are the movies which made me a Doug Liman fan. More originality than in most studio movies, by far. Based on what I’ve read and learned from “the making of” documents, Doug is obsessed with coherent narrative and breaking new ground where possible, permitted and clear. He’s a hero of mine as a writer.

  3. Ughhhh says:

    Enough with the sequels! This movie is great, but it stands alone. Don’t milk it for money.

    There are SO many good sci-fi stories that have never been made into a movie. Spend your money making those instead!

  4. Emil says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy Tom Cruise’ movies but has anyone else noticed that every single one recently, they find a reason for him to be riding a motorcycle? Okay, I get it, you can ride motorcycles…

  5. jhs39 says:

    Edge of Tomorrow had a 180 million dollar budget. 370 million dollars worldwide isn’t considered much above break-even, let alone a huge hit. Maybe it did significant business on video but theatrically Edge of Tomorrow doesn’t qualify as a hit and the fact that Warners is considering a sequel to it is more than a little weird–unless the first one did spectacularly well on video.

  6. Rex says:

    Surely you mean Lather Rinse Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow 2, no?

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