Edge of Tomorrow was one of those films that was predicted to fail last year when it was making the promotional grounds. Myself, as well as others, had dubbed it as a flop before hitting theaters and, yet, the film was a surprising breath of fresh air. Utilizing time travel in a way that was clever and not a convoluted, slap dash effort to come across as edgy made the film stand out among a sea of sci-fi, dystopian films that have been cluttering the movie marketplace. Now that we know that there is a sequel in development, there has been much speculation of what approach will be taken with the time travel construct.
In an exclusive by Collider, we received more details behind Edge of Tomorrow’s upcoming sequel while interviewing filmmaker Doug Liman while promoting his VR series Invisible. Liman dropped a bombshell confession that actually made an extraordinary amount of sense:
“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.”
A prequel makes absolute sense considering the time travel component that made the first Edge of Tomorrow film so good. What it does do, however, is generate questions about where the film will take place since the original film ended where it originally started. Liman is definitely up for the task, especially since he’s been wanting to push the boundaries behind how we view sequels for awhile now:
“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.”
While the script is in development, the rest of the cast and crew are keeping busy with various projects. Liman has a full plate on his hands right now, including with the much anticipated Justice League Dark. Emily Blunt is about to fly out to work on the Mary Poppins sequel while Tom Cruise is getting ready to start shooting the next Mission Impossible movie next year.
What do you think about the decision to make the Edge of Tomorrow sequel a prequel? Do you like the idea? Do you hate it? Let us know in the comments below.