Doug Liman Calls EDGE OF TOMORROW 2 “A Sequel That’s A Prequel”

– by Joseph Medina

Edge of Tomorrow had a lot going against it. It came out during a time that audiences seemed to be fed up with Tom Cruise science fiction film, and his most recent one at that point — Oblivion — seemed to bore a lot of fans. When trailers for Edge of Tomorrow hit, there weren’t a lot of people who were won over by what seemed like too similar of a film. As a result, when the film hit theaters, it hit with a bit of a thud, only taking in $28 million in its opening weekend (it also didn’t do it much good that the title Edge of Tomorrow was perhaps the most generic thing known to man — not that the title of its source material, All You Need is Kill is much better).

In stark contrast to the lukewarm box office results was the critical response. The film finally settled at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, proving to be a fun, yet interesting science fiction film. In fact, so good was the reception that we’re now facing the prospect of a sequel. This is great news for those who saw the film, but just how can we expect a sequel after the way the film ended?

Speaking with Collider, director Doug Liman revealed that it wouldn’t really be just a sequel:

“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.”

Interesting. I was one of many fans who was nervous at the prospect of a sequel, but from the sounds of it, this movie has a ridiculously strong story that the director adores much more than the original. That being said, the big takeaway here, of course, is the whole prequel-sequel thing, though it’s hard to tell exactly what he means.

Liman embellished on his comment:

“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 [my scripted supernatural VR series] 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.”

Wow. It’ll “revolutionize” how people make sequels, he says. Very bold words, but given his cache of films and his overall enthusiasm, it’s pretty difficult to doubt his word on it. But what does he mean? Will this “sequel” involve time travel in a way so that what happens in most of the film takes place before the original? That seems like the most logical conclusion, but it’s not like that hasn’t been done before. 

Regardless, I look forward to stepping back into this world. I just hope we don’t have to wait too long, as we know he also have Dark Universe/Justice League Dark on his plate.

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SOURCE: Collider

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