Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow wasn't exactly a massive box office blockbuster when it hit theaters last summer, but it still fared quite well. The sci-fi action-thriller took in just over $100 million domestically and $369 million worldwide from a whopping $178 million budget. While the profit margin wasn't quite as big as some were expecting, the film was met with critical acclaim, leading some to wonder if a sequel is even possible. While promoting this weekend's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise revealed to MTV that he actually pitched his own idea for Edge of Tomorrow 2 to screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie and director Doug Liman, and although he wouldn't divulge any specific plot details, he did add that Emily Blunt will have to be involved.
"I pitched it to [Rogue Nation director and Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Christopher] McQuarrie and [Edge of Tomorrow director] Doug [Liman]. We were there one night and I was like, I've got an idea for it. It could be so much fun. Gotta get Emily. I was like Emily, please. She was like, 'give me another year, please.'"
Edge of Tomorrow is based on a manga novel entitled All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, who revealed earlier this year that he is actually writing a graphic novel sequel. It isn't known when that would be ready for publication, but if the movie sequel moves forward, it may be based on Tom Cruise's idea, and not the manga sequel. Tom Cruise wouldn't say how Christopher McQuarrie and Doug Liman reacted to the actor's pitch, or if they would be willing to come back to write and direct the movie sequel.
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 soldier as they try to win this seemingly never-ending war. The supporting cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Dragomir Mrsic and Charlotte Riley.
Tom Cruise is currently filming Mena with director Doug Liman, and he will next make Jack Reacher 2 with director Edward Zwick. He also has Top Gun 2 in development, along with Mission: Impossible 6, which the actor revealed will start production next year. Even if Edge of Tomorrow 2 does move forward, it's unclear when the action icon may be able to find to film this project. Do you have high hopes for Edge of Tomorrow 2?