‘Edge of Tomorrow” Sequel Will Focus on Characters, Says Direct Liman

By Creative Media Times

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‘Edge of Tomorrow” was a modest hit in 2014. From its $178 million production budget, the film ended its theatrical run with $100 million domestically, though faring slightly better internationally with $270 million. So its only fitting that the sequel will focus on what made the movie great: the characters and the story. This is precisely what director Doug Liman envision on the follow-up, which will bring back original cast Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt into the time-loop sci-fi.

In an interview with MTV HSC Podcast, the director revealed that the ‘Tomorrow’ sequel will go against expectations and will be smaller production.

“I think what people tend to do with sequels is they just make them bigger. 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 focus on Tom’s character and Emily Blunt’s character, 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 already revealed last year that the movie will be “a sequel that’s a prequel”, a clever and interesting approach given the film’s Groundhog-Day-with-aliens type of premise.

“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 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.”

Currently titled “Live Die Repeat and Repeat”, the sequel has no confirmed production start date.