'Edge of Tomorrow' Sequel Will Be "Smaller", Less Action-Oriented, Says Doug Liman

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - 12:24PM
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - 12:24PM
'Edge of Tomorrow' Sequel Will Be "Smaller", Less Action-Oriented, Says Doug Liman
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Doug Liman is making big claims about an upcoming movie. Is anyone else getting deja vu? If so, it's fitting—this time, Liman is talking big about his plans for the sequel/prequel to Edge of Tomorrow, a movie that's probably best described as Groundhog Day crossed with a video game, in which Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt fight aliens, repeating their mission every time Cruise's character dies.

Liman is a colorful character to say the least. At one point, he was claiming that his adaptation of Justice League Dark was going to "turn the superhero genre on its head", before he ultimately ditched the entire project to work on Edge of Tomorrow 2 instead.

Now, the director is making big claims again—except this time, he's arguing that his movie will use the original Edge of Tomorrow as a springboard from which to explore a quieter, less explosive, character-driven story:

Opening quote
"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."
Closing quote

So Doug Liman is going to make a sequel to Edge of Tomorrow that's less focused on action, and instead is about relationships and comedy? So he's actually remaking Groundhog Day?

Liman has previously claimed that this new movie will be both a prequel and a sequel to the original film, thanks to its time-hopping weirdness, so it's possible that the new film will explore the background of Emily Blunt's character, Rita Vrataski (better known, apologies for the language, as the "Full Metal Bitch"), and how she ended up gaining time travel powers that turned her into a war hero. But with less focus on action and more on character and comedy, and considering that the time traveling alien invasion from the first movie has been thwarted, there needs to be some key new inclusion in this film to justify the existence of a sequel in the first place.

Either way, it seems there's a lot riding on this new mystery character that Liman's excited by. Whoever this character might be, if they're not played by Bill Murray, Doug Liman has missed a major opportunity.
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