McQuarrie On “Edge of Tomorrow 2” Chances

The teaming of Tom Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has gone from strength to strength so far resulting in the recent highly regarded “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” along with two of the more underrated studio films of recent years – the Lee Child novel adaptation “Jack Reacher” and the Doug Liman-directed sci-fi time loop manga adaptation “Edge of Tomorrow”.

The other week Cruise suggested he had an idea in place for a sequel to “Edge of Tomorrow,” one of the few studio films of recent years that is seemingly self-contained and thus doesn’t really require one. Today, in a long interview with Uproxx, McQuarrie said it’s still early stages right now:

“It all comes down to Warner Bros. and Doug Liman and Emily Blunt saying yes. The idea is there. At worst, it’s the kernel of an idea – which is, on one hand, great, but on the other hand, I know what a nightmare that is. I know that I’ll be in the void trying to figure that out.

And even then when it came out in the press after Tom had mentioned it, right away, there were people on social media saying, “Don’t do it, it should never have a sequel, etc., etc.” And I’m just laughing because I’m like, “You guys don’t even know what we are talking about! You have no idea!”

Look, that was one of the best creative teams I’ve ever worked with as far as a team of rivals: Emily is one facet of that; Doug Liman is a completely different and opposing force; Tom Cruise is another. And there I am in the middle, just playing to these three really strong, really smart people.

That said, if things do come together, McQuarrie learned a lot from Jack Reacher and the first Edge of Tomorrow that might make the second film an easier sell. Specifically: start selling a clearer vision of the film much earlier.

He does say that he would apply lessons learned from the first movie to sell the follow-up better as many were confused by the marketing of the film:

“What I’ve learned, having made Mission, is what I would write into the movie to make that movie an easier sell. Edge of Tomorrow was incredibly difficult to market. From the look of the film… to the title of the film, whatever the title was, whether it was All You Need is Kill or Edge of Tomorrow – and God help us figuring out what the title of the sequel is. The Edge of the Day After Tomorrow? I don’t know.

But the humor in the film took a good 35 minutes to really dawn on you – the movie really sneaks up on you and takes this sudden left turn. The movie didn’t have the moments that a trailer needs to tell you, “This is the experience you’re going to have.” Jack Reacher was a really tough movie to market and we were constantly struggling… Edge of Tomorrow didn’t have a presence on social media until the weekend it came out, then people go, “Oh my God, it’s really good” … it was too little, too late.”

McQuarrie was also asked about the possibility of him returning to direct a sixth “Mission: Impossible,” which would make him the first director to return to the franchise:

“We’ve certainly talked about it in the abstract. It’s a big, big question to have to contemplate [laughs]. First and foremost, as you pointed out, one of the things that people love about this series is that it’s a different director for every chapter. And they are very, very challenging movies to make and, with each movie, it becomes more challenging for the next person. And when I was watching Tom on the side of the A400, the first thing I said when he landed was, “Boy, I feel sorry for the next director.””