Godzilla 2 starts filming

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Michael Dougherty‘s Godzilla 2 has wrapped production
  • Jared Leto talks about starring in a Tron reboot
  • Director Doug Liman gives an update on Edge of Tomorrow 2
  • M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable and Split sequel Glass begins production
  • And more!

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Edge of Tomorrow 2

No, you’re not dreaming. An Edge of Tomorrow sequel-prequel might actually happen. It still almost sounds too good to be true, but three years after the spectacular first movie came out, director Doug Liman is working on a follow-up that’ll bring back Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) and Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse wrote the Live Die Repeat and Repeat script (yes, that’s the title), which has more comedy, less battlefield action, and a new character Liman says will “steal the movie.” And interesting, he notes that the sequel will pick up right where the first movie ended.

Below, the director, who’s making Chaos Walking next, discusses the Edge of Tomorrow sequel that, in our book, can’t get made soon enough.

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Edge of Tomorrow 2

When Edge of Tomorrow hit theaters back in 2014, it wasn’t as big of a success as Warner Bros. Pictures hoped. The sci-fi blockbuster pulled in $100 million at the domestic box office with another $270 coming from the rest of the world for a total of $370 million, which isn’t bad for a movie on a budget of $178 million, but it wasn’t a runaway hit. Still, a sequel was put into development last year with director Doug Liman back behind the camera and Race writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse scripting the sequel.

Now we have an update on Edge of Tomorrow 2 that includes the official title for the sequel, as well as confirmation of the return of both leads from the first film. Find out what Doug Liman had to say about development below. Read More »

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UPDATE: In a separate interview, Doug Liman elaborated that Edge of Tomorrow 2 will function as a sequel and a prequel to the first film. The article has been updated to reflect this.

Edge of Tomorrow is one of the most fun and inventive science fiction films of the past decade, a clever and exciting and genuinely hilarious time travel action movie that makes all-time-great use of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. I will never forgive you (yes, you) for not seeing it in theaters. But I will forgive you for seeing the sequel that is miraculously in the works, even though the original wasn’t quite the box office juggernaut it deserved to be.

While we still don’t know much about what to expect from the sequel (writers were hired back in April), director Doug Liman is already promising a movie that will revolutionize how people make sequels.

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edge of tomorrow 2 director

UPDATE: Christopher McQuarrie took to Twitter to correct Deadline’s original post. He will not be directing Edge of Tomorrow 2. Doug Liman will return to helm the sequel. The original article follows.

Edge of Tomorrow didn’t make my top 10 of 2014, but I’ve certainly watched it more times than any other film that did make the list. Doug Liman’s science fiction war movie works on just about every level: it’s stylish and smart and hilarious and filled with genuinely unique action that’s powered by a Groundhog Day-esque time travel plot that allows its lead character to repeatedly die on the battlefield and instantly return to action. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are a duo for the ages. It’s wonderful.

It also has a completely definitive ending that wraps up every loose end, making it the rare modern studio tentpole film to not showcase an interest in building a franchise. But rumblings of a potential sequel began in earnest last year and now there’s been a major step forward – writers have been hired to pen Edge of Tomorrow 2 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is now attached to direct.

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Edge of tomorrow sequel

Christopher McQuarrie is a smart filmmaker who is enjoying being in business with Tom Cruise. He wrote Valkyrie and the later drafts of Edge of Tomorrow, and did script duties and also directed Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Recently, Tom Cruise suggested there’s at least an idea for an Edge of Tomorrow sequel. That is promising from one angle, in that the first movie was a better film than its box office represents, and a chance to do it again could deliver something interesting. But the original is also a movie that stands quite well on its own. Does it need a sequel? Not really.

But there’s an Edge of Tomorrow sequel idea, and it could still be turned into a film. If that happens, says McQuarrie, he would apply lessons learned from the first movie to make it a better sell for audiences.

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Mission: Impossible 6

The Mission: Impossible series is a slow-burning one, unlike the fuse that accompanies each film’s opening credits, and very much unlike the typical development path for some big action franchises. (2006 through 2015 delivered three Mission: Impossible movies, but five Fast and the Furious films, for example.)

With the latest mission, Rogue Nation, about to hit theaters, star and producer Tom Cruise says the wait for the next film might be much shorter. He isn’t getting any younger after all, and so the wait for Mission: Impossible 6 might be much shorter than the interval between other installments in the series. Additionally, Cruise says he has pitched an Edge of Tomorrow sequel to couple recent collaborators.

Update: Paramount has confirmed Cruise’s announcement of the Mission: Impossible 6 development.

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