Edge of Tomorrow was one of those inspired movies that suffered from a weird ad campaign and diminished box office returns. Doug Liman’s 2014 mind-warping sci-fi didn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserved, and Liman thinks it has something to do with the title — which is why it got a new one as soon as the DVD hit shelves.
The 2014 film Edge of Tomorrow, known to confused home-video purchasers by the title Live. Die. Repeat., ended its MC Escheresque plot structure with one twist more. Our valiant heroes Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt fought through wave after wave of alien invaders, and though they both lost their lives in the process, they bested the final boss. But as Cruise lay dying, the queen’s blood got on him and ported him back in time yet again, this time somehow to a past where the alien menace has already been beaten back. The weird timeline tampering left some viewers scratching their heads, but that film’s writer Christopher McQuarrie has plans for them.
Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow sequel, maddeningly titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat (as a reference to the first movie’s “Live. Die. Repeat.” tagline), is probably going to be even more mind-bendingly weird than its predecessor. While talking about it recently, Liman revealed that the movie is “a sequel that’s a prequel,” whatever that means, and it’ll also have a fun new characters that’s going to “steal the movie.”
While Doug Liman may be hard at work promoting his upcoming war thriller The Wall, that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about an Edge of Tomorrow sequel. Last October, Liman promised that the movie was still moving forward, with the director even going so far as to suggest that the second film would “revolutionize” how people thought about movie sequels. And now Liman has dropped a few exciting updates, including a new title for the film and the promise of returning stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The short version? It’s happening, dopey name or not.
Hitman: Agent 47 came and went this past weekend, vanishing in a box office fizzle; the cinematic equivalent of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. It’s not the kind of bad movie that really makes you angry, just one that’s completely forgettable. It’s a nothing of a movie.
Last week, Tom Cruise caused a bit of a stir when he revealed that there are tentative plans for an Edge of Tomorrow sequel — there’s nothing solid or official in place yet, but apparently he’s thinking about it. So is Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote Edge of Tomorrow and wrote / directed Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.
Edge of Tomorrow — the best summer blockbuster of 2014 — may have underwhelmed at the domestic box office, but it’s difficult to find anyone who actually watched it who didn’t have a great time with it. So when Tom Cruise starts teasing a potential sequel that will reunite him and Emily Blunt for another round of time-traveling, alien-shooting, heavy-armor-wearing, yoga-posing awesomeness, our ears perk up. Yes please, we would like an Edge of Tomorrow 2.
This week sees the release of ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ the latest sci-fi adventure from Andy and Lana Wachowski. And while in all likelihood ‘Jupiter Ascending’ will not go down in history as one of the great works of its genre, the occasion of a new sci-fi epic from two of the modern masters of the form seemed like a good time to assess and celebrate the recent highlights of science fiction cinema, which has taken audiences from the furthest reaches of the cosmos to the deepest recesses of the human mind.