Yes, Edge of Tomorrow 2 is happening, but will it be a prequel or a sequel? Well, according to director Doug Liman, it is going to be both. For any other franchise that might be confusing, but since Edge of Tomorrow had to do with time travel, that sort of kind of could make sense.
Doug Liman recently did an interview with Collider about his new scripted supernatural VR series Invisible. The conversation eventually turned to Edge of Tomorrow 2 and the director had some interesting and fairly bold things to say about the upcoming sci-fi sequel. Here's how he explains it.
"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."
There are a few things to note with that statement. The "sequel that's a prequel" statement is no question the most interesting. Does that mean Edge of Tomorrow 2 will be showing more of the initial alien invasion? Will it be digging into the events of the same day featured in the first Edge of Tomorrow but with the day unfolding very differently? It is really hard to say, but it is pretty cool that the movie will be making use of the time travel element that made the first movie so effective. It is also pretty important that Doug Liman seems confident it will be a better movie, given that the first Edge of Tomorrow was incredibly well received by both fans and critics.
Lastly, the director mentioned that Edge of Tomorrow 2 is the only sequel he is considering tackling. He did recently sign on to direct Justice League Dark for Warner Bros. as part of the DCEU. That movie will have connective tissue to the other DC movies, but won't be a sequel to anything, at least from what we can tell. In the interview, he also talked a bit about saying that he wants to how he thinks of sequels, saying that he wants to make a sequel like nobody else would.
"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.' 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. So it's gonna revolutionize how people make sequels. And again that's why I try to do things like Invisible that are just, the revolution's sort of built into the idea. It's more heresy in the film world for me to pitch things that are sort of unheard of."
Edge of Tomorrow suffered a bit from a botched marketing campaign, with a couple of title changes and things of the sort seeming to hurt the movie a bit. The movie did garner a lot of critical acclaim. It currently sits at a 90 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That helped Edge of Tomorrow earn a respectable $370 million worldwide, but with many people discovering the movie after it left theaters, there is quite a bit of demand for a sequel. So there is no reason to think that Edge of Tomorrow 2 couldn't best that box office total, especially with Tom Cruise behind the project. The Mission: Impossible franchise is stronger than it ever was heading into its sixth installment, so it is probably best not to underestimate the potential of this sequel.
At the moment, there is no release date set for Edge of Tomorrow 2, but it does have a script that Doug Liman seems to love. It was penned by Race writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, who were brought on board earlier this year. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt will return for Edge of Tomorrow 2 and Doug Liman will be involved, but we will have to see if his schedule allows him to return to the director's chair. Tom Cruise will also be busy filming Mission: Impossible 6 next year, and Emily Blunt will be filming the Mary Poppins sequel, so perhaps after those projects wrap up the movie can actually start production.