What happened to Edge of Tomorrow 2? It started six years ago, Tom Cruise got stuck in one of the more interesting time loop scenarios we’ve seen in recent memory. A far cry from Phil Connors waking up each morning on Groundhog’s Day in Punxsutawney and living out a virtual hell of small-town nuance, in Edge of Tomorrow Cruise’s character is forced to repeat a set of events over and over fighting an alien race that can control the flow of time.
Teaming up with Emily Blunt, they spend seemingly thousands of iterations honing in on exactly what can defeat the alien force while also struggling with ideas around “fate” among other themes. The movie was fascinating and something of a surprise hit with critics and audiences alike.
The sci-fi movie earned over $370 million at the box office and fans instantly began wondering if there’d be an Edge of Tomorrow 2. Even though the movie had a rather definitive ending, conceptually and stylistically there was enough to get excited about when it came to further delve into these characters and even continuing to explore a universe where time is fungible.
Promising A Sequel
Though the sequel has been “in the works” almost from the minute the earliest reviews came in (90% on Rotten Tomatoes) and the box office numbers proved strong, we are more than half a decade removed and there hasn’t been much in the way of definitive news around Edge of Tomorrow 2.
One problem is that there have been starts and stops along the way with a multitude of things factoring in about why the sequel wasn’t fast-tracked. Sometimes pre-production can halt or stall on a single factor (a big name wants out, creative differences, etc) but that hasn’t been the case here. It looks like a confluence of factors that have stalled up from Living and Dying and Repeating and whatnot.
Getting Edge of Tomorrow Cast Back
Let’s start first with the stars. Namely, Tom Cruise. It’s been intimated that the first hurdle to clear with the sequel was Cruise’s schedule. Since Edge of Tomorrow, he’s done two Mission: Impossible movies (Rogue Nation and Fallout) plus Jack Reacher, The Mummy and American Made. All of this with, Top Gun: Maverick set to hit theaters this summer. And finally, there are two more Mission: Impossible films in pre-production set to release in 2021 and 2022. All of those movies (and those to come) were prior commitments that needed to be cleared before Edge of Tomorrow 2 could proceed.
On Cruise’s part, it doesn’t appear lack of interest but rather lack of being able to manipulate the calendar like the aliens in the movie. They just aren’t able to create more minutes in the day or days in the year.
Additionally, Emily Blunt’s schedule became problematic as well. She was committed to the Mary Poppins franchise, among other things and also intimated that sequels “terrified” her which sounds overly melodramatic but at least points to some hesitancy around returning for Edge of Tomorrow 2. In that same interview, she did express excitement about returning for another round of alien fighting with Tom Cruise but said “…the idea would have to be good. It would just have to be a great idea. I don’t want to dilute how good the first one is…”
Getting The Edge of Tomorrow 2 Script Right
It’s the script that might have had Edge of Tomorrow 2 hung up in preproduction for so long. Just what would a script look like as a compliment to the first movie which really did seem to tell a complete story?
Director Doug Liman, who also directed American Made with Cruise, originally showed some hesitancy around even wanting to do a sequel after being involved with the Bourne films and their sequels. But it looks like he got over that hurdle when an original and exciting idea appeared that could lead a repeat for Edge of Tomorrow 2.
On Instagram and through interviews, Liman has shown what a detailed process they have for telling another story. To put it plainly, the initial process involves an entire room’s worth or whiteboard notes. This makes sense, for as “simple” as the original was in its concept, (Live. Die. Repeat) the entire story was actually insanely complex and had to be detailed down to the very minutiae to work.
So it appears that coming up with a story that worked and lived up to the first movie without compromising anything in that realm was almost just as difficult as clearing Cruise’s and Blunt’s respective schedules. Liman has said in interviews that Edge of Tomorrow 2 will actually be more along the lines of a prequel.
It’s been reported that Edge of Tomorrow 2 will pick up where the first one left off but then revert to a different timeline, somewhere in the past before the events of the original. Time travel in movies is tricky business and it’s easy to have the concept go way off the rails when it comes to execution. The creative team, plus producer Christopher McQuarrie (who’s also working with Cruise on Top Gun: Maverick) appear excited about the prospects.
An original screenplay was conceived by Jez Butterworth who penned the original, but it appears Matthew Robinson took over some of those duties and is credited with the current version of the script. He also wrote the surprisingly well-received Dora and the Lost City of Gold (84% on Rotten Tomatoes).
Is Edge of Tomorrow 2 Actually Happening?
After years of relative limbo, the Edge of Tomorrow sequel, appropriately-named Live Die Repeat and Repeat is now officially in the works. According to IMDB and other sources, Liman, Cruise, and Blunt are all confirmed though no official release date has been announced. Again, considering the commitments on the part of Cruise alone we are probably looking at 2022 or 2023 at the earliest.