On the surface, Edge of Tomorrow seemed like a gimmicky sci-fi film at best. Its Groundhog Day-esque premise didn’t do much to rope audiences in, and it also arrived at an odd time in Tom Cruise’s career, following a string of mediocre releases like Knight and Day, Rock of Ages and Oblivion – all fairly forgettable affairs that had everyone thinking that maybe, the movie star just wasn’t the box office draw that he used to be. That’s why it was such a surprise then when Doug Liman’s brainy thriller turned out to be one of the very best films of the year, delivering a gripping and clever ride that’s now sitting pretty at an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
For those who haven’t seen the sci-fi gem yet, Edge of Tomorrow threw Cruise and Emily Blunt into “a full-scale alien war, with the remnants of humanity desperately scrapping for survival. That all-hands-on-deck tactic resulted in waves upon waves of foot soldiers being deployed against the mimics, a seemingly invincible alien race mobilized by a hive mind hellbent on world domination. But here’s the twist: Cruise was able to exploit a scientific anomaly wherein he could loop back to a certain point in the past just as he died, paving the way for an interesting and competent thriller.”
Again, it’s not the most original premise, but the execution was near flawless and the performances rock solid. As such, it wasn’t too surprising when Warner Bros. announced a second outing. To date, however, we haven’t heard very much about it, and the last update we got was that the project had picked up a pair of screenwriters, with Liman promising that the film would “revolutionize” how the industry approaches sequels. Those are promising words, to be sure, and after seeing what the director did with the first movie, we’re inclined to believe him.
While it seems like Edge of Tomorrow 2 is still in the early stages of development, today brings with it a small but notable update. Speaking to the director over the weekend about his new movie, The Wall, we decided to ask Liman about the status of the highly anticipated sequel. Obviously, he wouldn’t say much, but he did confirm its title, while also noting that both Cruise and Blunt will be back for more.
I’m actively working on Edge of Tomorrow 2 right now, which is going to go by the title Live Die Repeat and Repeat. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are both signed on.
If the title sounds familiar, that’s because the first film was alternatively known by its tagline: Live Die Repeat. So, with that in mind, calling the sequel Live Die Repeat and Repeat makes sense. Unfortunately, Liman wouldn’t reveal much more than that, but with the director “actively working” on the project, we imagine that things should start coming together in the not too distant future.
Until then, tell us, were you a fan of Edge of Tomorrow? If so, what would you like to see from Live Die Repeat and Repeat? Sound off in the usual place!