Back in July, more than one full year after Edge of Tomorrow hit theaters in summer 2014, star Tom Cruise teased that a sequel may be in the works, having pitched an idea to director Doug Liman and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie. We haven't heard anything official regarding this follow-up since then. But today, we have word that Edge of Tomorrow 2 is moving forward, with Deadline reporting that Warner Bros. has hired screenwriters Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse to write the script. Christopher McQuarrie is in talks to produce and develop the script with the new writers.
Edge of Tomorrow is set in the future, where a war has been unfolding between humans and an invading alien race. Tom Cruise plays Major William Cage, an officer who has never seen a day of combat and is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again and again. Emily Blunt plays Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski, who helps Cage become a better warrior as they try to win this seemingly never-ending battle. The supporting cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Dragomir Mrsic and Charlotte Riley.
Edge of Tomorrow enjoyed wide critical acclaim, scoring an impressive 90% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but those glowing reviews didn't lead to overwhelming success at the box office, with the movie earning just $100.2 million domestic. It fared much better overseas with $270.3 million for a worldwide tally of $370.5 million from a $178 million budget. No plot details were given for the sequel, and it isn't known if Emily Blunt or any of the other original cast members will be back for Edge of Tomorrow 2.
Doug Liman will return to direct the sequel, with Erwin Stoff and Tom Lassally set to produce alongside Christopher McQuarrie. No production schedule was given, and Warner Bros. hasn't set a release date for the sequel at this time. Tom Cruise is currently shooting the Untitled Mummy Reboot for Universal Pictures, and we reported last year that the actor will start shooting Mission: Impossible 6 this summer.
Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse made their feature writing debut with Frankie & Alice, starring Halle Berry, which they followed up with this year's Race, a biopic on famed sprinter Jesse Owens. They most recently came aboard to provide a rewrite for Sony's The Gray Man, which has Charlize Theron set to star and Christopher McQuarrie attached to direct. Are you excited that Edge of Tomorrow 2 is finally moving forward?