In the world of cinematic sequels, there is usually one primary driving force that works above all others to get movie studios to green-light a “next chapter,” for better or for worse: money. For director Doug Liman, though, he’s promising that ‘Edge of Tomorrow 2‘ was created primarily from fan interest, and he believes that this will fuel he and the creative team to deliver a stellar follow-up film.
The 2014 sci-fi time-travel film ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, was generally well-received, and as Liman outlined in a recent interview, his designs on the sequel were fan-driven:
“It’s one of these things where it’s a sequel whose origins come from the best possible place, which is, it’s not a studio saying, ‘Hey, we think we can make some more money. Let’s just stamp out another one.’ This sequel originated with fans of the original film who continually came up to Tom and myself and Emily and told us how much they loved the movie and would we ever consider a sequel. And enough people said that to me and to Tom and to Emily that we finally sat down and said, ‘What would a sequel even look like?’ We ended up with Chris McQuarrie coming up with a great story.”
The next big question, of course, is just what the heck the sequel might be about? Based on the eccentric time-travel focus of the plot of the first film, the vibe may be hard to replicate. Liman, in a separate interview, elaborated on this a bit confusingly:
“It picks up where the last one left off, but then we go backwards in time. I love it way more than the story of the original film. I like antiheroes; pretty much all of my films are about antiheroes.”
The sequel does not have a planned release date as of yet, and it’s possible that Blunt and Cruise’s schedules – both of whom are slated to be back for this sequel – may cause the film to start shooting later rather than sooner.