The sequel to the 2014 Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow” is inching closer to the battlefield, and theaters, with a title and co-star Emily Blunt in tow.
Speaking with Collider, returning director Doug Liman revealed the sequel will be called “Live Die Repeat and Repeat,” a reference to the original film’s tagline “Live. Die. Repeat,” which morphed into its title for home-video release. What’s more, the filmmaker confirmed that Blunt will indeed return, as Cruise first suggested in 2015.
“We have an amazing story! It’s incredible!” Liman told the website. “Way better than the first film, and I obviously loved the first film.” He added that everything now comes down to scheduling, saying, “But it’s not an if, it’s a when.”
Based on the Japanese light novel “All You Need is Kill,” the 2014 sleeper hit starred Cruise as a military public relations officer with no combat experience who’s sent to film the first wave of an attack against an alien race that’s invade Earth. Killed in the assault, Cruise’s character is caught in a time loop that sends him back to the day preceding the battle, only to die again and again. Blunt played a Special Forces operative who teams with him to find a way to defeat the aliens.
Blunt’s character died in the first film, but Liman previously described the planned follow-up as “a sequel that’s a prequel,” which may certainly explain her involvement.
Released by Warner Bros., “Edge of Tomorrow” earned $370.5 million and critical acclaim. While it wasn’t exactly a blockbuster, the film gained a reputation as an underrated thriller.