Doug Liman Says Edge of Tomorrow Sequel Is Also a Prequel

Friday, 28 October 2016 - 3:14PM
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Friday, 28 October 2016 - 3:14PM
Doug Liman Says Edge of Tomorrow Sequel Is Also a Prequel
Let's face it—Hollywood is addicted to sequels. A lot of it has to do with the fact that a lot of money is on the line whenever you make a movie and the studios always want to do something with a proven track-record of sales. According to George Lucas (you might have heard of him, or even written him a threatening letter once), "The movie business is exactly like professional gambling, except you hire the gambler...You give him $100 million dollars, and you say 'Go to the tables, and come back with $500 million dollars.'" A lot of people have gotten sick of the never-ending reboots, revivals, sequels, and prequels—even Shane Black refused to write the new 2018 Predator film until Fox promised it wouldn't be another production-line AvP sequel (and that they would make it R-rated).

But every once in a while, there comes a movie that really needs a sequel. Edge of Tomorrow was one of those, and now director Doug Liman is devising a plan to make it into a game-changer for the whole industry. The original movie raked in a good amount of money on opening day based on the cool trailers and Tom Cruise's amazing jaw, but it was the quiet internal realization that "Holy shit, this is something special" that catapulted the whole thing to real success, both critical and commercial. It was a movie that had an interesting sci-fi angle, believable characters, and an emotional weight to it—and Doug Liman said the next one is going to be even better. It's also going to be a prequel-sequel. According to Collider:

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"[Edge of Tomorrow 2] 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."
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Slow down, Doug Liman! What does that mean? Are we going farther back in the timeline of the original film? Are we time travelling back there? Is this a new Memento? Whatever it is, Liman promises it's going to push the boundaries of what makes a sequel and revolutionize everything in Hollywood:

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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.' 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. So it's gonna revolutionize how people make sequels. And again that's why I try to do things like Invisible that are just, the revolution's sort of built into the idea. It's more heresy in the film world for me to pitch things that are sort of unheard of."
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Those are some big, big claims, Doug Liman. We're not even sure if Tom Cruise's immensely bankable face can pull this off alone—good thing they have Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse writing the new script (they worked on the 2016 film Raceabout Jesse Owens). 

No matter how it goes, at least someone in Hollywood is making it their mission to shake things up. Shine on, you crazy diamonds, and tell Hollywood to kill that Howard the Duck remake before it ever sees the light of day.

Edge of Tomorrow 2 does not have a release date or official title at this time.
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