The awkwardly titled “Live Die Repeat and Repeat,” the upcoming sequel to the well-regarded sci-fi tale “Edge of Tomorrow,” looks like it’s still on the way and director Doug Liman has spoken a bit more about it during press rounds for his new film “The Wall”.
Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse have penned the script for the follow-up which will see the return of Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) and Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) and Liman confirms to Happy Sad Confused that it boasts a more comedic tone and smaller scope. It will also serve as both a prequel and sequel and won’t be a war movie:
“It’s mostly not on the battlefield, so there’s a whole new arena of fights we’re going to be using a lot of the technology, but also, because it is a prequel, it’s a lot of the precursor stuff.
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.
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.”
Liman also says this isn’t a regular sequel, rather it’s a companion movie which will complete a ‘two movie-franchise’:
“I see this as a two-movie franchise; there’s the completion of the story we set up in the first movie and the relationships between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt – because, remember, at the end of the first movie, she doesn’t know who he is – and that’s gonna launch us into an amazing new direction. It does pick up right where we left off, but it doesn’t keep going forward because we’d screw with time because the aliens screwed with time.”
The plan is also to explore the nuts and bolts of the world more in addition to amping up the humor. Liman and Cruise’s next collaboration, “American Made,” opens September 29th.