Liman Updates “Edge of Tomorrow” Sequel Status

Still doing press for “American Made,” filmmaker Doug Liman has offered an update on how the “Edge of Tomorrow” sequel is progressing.

Titled “Live, Die, Repeat, Repeat” the upcoming follow-up to the critically well-regard Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt-led sci-fi film grossed $370.5 million at the box office from a $180 million budget, but really took off when it hit home video as word of mouth spread.

The fanbase for the film grew so loud that Liman, Cruise, Blunt, and writer Christopher McQuarrie came together to hash out a second part that serves as both sequel and prequel. That project is in development and Liman tells Collider it’s now mostly a matter of scheduling:

“Tom and Emily [Blunt] and I are really excited to go do it. We have a script. We’re just trying to find a time to schedule it, between my schedule and Emily’s and Tom’s. But it’s one of these things where it’s a sequel whose origins come from the best possible place, which is, it’s not a studio saying, ‘Hey, we think we can make some more money. Let’s just stamp out another one.’

This sequel originated with fans of the original film who continually came up to Tom and myself and Emily and told us how much they loved the movie and would we ever consider a sequel. And enough people said that to me and to Tom and to Emily that we finally sat down and said, ‘What would a sequel even look like?’ We ended up with Chris McQuarrie coming up with a great story.”

Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse have penned the script under McQuarrie’s supervision. Liman just started shooting “Chaos Walking,” while Cruise and McQuarrie are finishing up “Mission: Impossible 6” with Cruise shooting the “Top Gun” sequel shortly. This suggests the earliest filming could begin is end of next year, more likely sometime in 2019.