According to its director, Edge of Tomorrow 2 will be going back in time — way, way back.
Doug Liman, who helmed the sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, called the sequel a prequel during an interview with Collider. “That is the only sequel that I’m considering doing,” he said, “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.”
Edge of Tomorrow centered around Major William Cage (Cruise), forced to fight against an alien invasion even though he never saw a day of combat. However, exposure to the aliens’ blood allowed him to relive the same day over whenever he died.
“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 continued. “I had these intellectual ideas on how you should make a sequel that [is] unlike how anybody else makes a sequel, and this script and this idea fit perfectly into that idea. So it’s gonna revolutionize how people make sequels.”
Edge of Tomorrow 2 enlisted Race scribes Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse to pen the script. The first film was released in 2014 and, despite high praise from critics, fumbled at the box office. It ended up with a worldwide gross of $370.5 million.