Director Comments On "Edge of Tomorrow 2" Plans
Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Jason Bourne, Swingers, Go) has discussed the plans for the sequel to Edge of Tomorrow 2, explaining that the follow-up to Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s time loop/mecha versus aliens novel All You Need is Kill will be more of a prequel. Liman promised it will “revolutionize how people make sequels.”
The original movie notably took its time to get to $100 million in the US box office, but is getting a sequel thanks to an additional $270 million from international markets.
Talking to Collider, Liman said “That is the only sequel that I’m considering doing, and it’s because first of all the story is so amazing — much better than the original film, and I loved and loved the original film — and second of all, it’s a sequel that’s a prequel.”
“I’ve had some radical ideas about how to make a sequel that would interest me, in the same way that I had ideas of how you make an independent film and then ‘Swingers’ came along and it was like ‘Aha! That’s the perfect movie for me to test these ideas out on,’” Liman said. “I had these intellectual ideas on how you should make a sequel that are unlike how anybody else makes a sequel, and this script and this idea fit perfectly into that idea.”
Earlier this year, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse were attached to write the sequel. Deadline explained that Shrapnel and Waterhouse are much in-demand, with their first work, Jesse Owens biopic Race, produced this year. They are also doing a rewrite of The Gray Man, based on the novel by Mark Greaney, at Sony.
When it was released in 2014, Sakurazaka had praise for the first movie. “The film was very well done. Because I had rather imagined the world of the original novel with anime styled-images, when I saw the future army was moving in the live-action footage, I thought it was amazing.” He actually visited the set of the film in London the year before last, having an opportunity to wear the 35-kg combat suit and to act as the director’s instructions. “The director (The Bourne Identity‘s Doug Liman) kept saying ‘One more,’ so I did it for about 10 takes. I thought I could die (laugh). Mr. Cruise is such a superhuman because he was running around with this.”