There have been so many questions about Edge Of Tomorrow 2 over the years – Is it happening? Will Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise star in it? Is it too expensive to make? What’s the hold-up…? Let’s try and answer those questions.
In 2014 Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr & Mrs Smith) gave us a critically and audience acclaimed fresh take on a futuristic sci-fi time loop story.
Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus stated it was “Gripping, well-acted, funny and clever” and both performances from stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt were well received.
In fact, for many it further solidified the star power of Tom Cruise to deliver a acclaimed blockbuster. And people have been crying out for a sequel along with press releases confirming this was happening.
However, the global box office for the film underperformed under expectation especially in the domestic market (US) which has significantly prevented financial commitment for a sequel.
On a budget estimated around $160-200m it took $270m internationally but only $100m in the US leaving a total of $370m in total.
But will we still see Edge Of Tomorrow 2?
Back in 2019, the first rumours persisted of a sequel as fans were informed it was in the works.
Based off of the acclaim for the first movie & subsequent home media sales that a sequel would actually become a financial success.
Deadline broke the news that Warner Brothers were fast on track to writing a sequel 5 years after its release.
The goal was to reunite Emily Blunt (whose star has continued to rise) and Tom Cruise who also has enjoyed a career rejuvenation thanks to the ongoing success of Mission Impossible.
They also wanted Liman back in the director’s chair. But then we heard nothing.
Nothing until Emily Blunt was interviewed on the subject in an interview with Hollywood Reporter in 2020.
“Yes, [the script] is really promising and really, really cool. I just don’t know when everything’s going to sort of align, you know what I mean?” Blunt shares. “Between all of our schedules, it would just have to be the right time. But there is something in the works, for sure, that’s a great idea. A great idea”
Whilst Blunt admitted the presence of a new script and that she had seen it, she also stated the difficulties in it being made. Notably schedules for both herself and Cruise and also the idea being right.
In 2021 – speculation continues
But the news continued to mount as we entered 2021 with scheduling still seemingly being the main issue, no longer were budgets being mentioned.
Collider scored an interview with Director Liman where he discusses the sequel’s possibility along with issues with the first film.
Notably Warner Bros. Pictures marketing decisions such as the films original title Edge Of Tomorrow instead of Live Die Repeat, which eventually ended up as the tag line.
For Liman, the title itself was a big reason for the film’s lack of box office success overall.
He also makes reference to what will be needed to get the film in production.
“It’s one of these things where if Tom, Emily and I were to say, ‘we’re ready to pull the trigger on this script,’ it’s Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, the film gets made,” Liman said. “That’s pretty much how Hollywood works. The stars are the gatekeepers. If you can get Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt to commit to the movie, it’s going to happen.”
Liman continues to note that whilst the script isn’t finished, it wasn’t finished when shooting began in 2012 at the Warner Brothers studios in Leavesden, England.
So, it may actually not be a huge factor if it isn’t nailed down 100%.
Is Edge Of Tomorrow 2 too Expensive To Get Made?
However, the saga took a downward turn in a recent interview with Blunt as part of the Quiet Place Part 2 promotion with Entertainment Weekly.
IGN reports that Blunt again referred to an amazing script but is unsure if “it can even happen now” and especially in the current climate it may just be “too expensive” to get made.
As someone whom was really pleasantly surprised by Edge Of Tomorrow back in 2014 I’m still crossing my fingers a sequel sees the light of day.
With Hollywood seemingly returning to a sense of normality as the Coronavirus epidemic continues to dwindle in many markets and production begins to ramp up again, it’s still a possibility.
But as Blunt states above it seems the longer nothing happens, the less likely we may see a sequel that can fit within the schedules of those involved.
Would you like to see a sequel?
Or should the film remain a stand-alone movie?
Let us know in the comments below.
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