Update: Contrary to the initial report, Christopher McQuarrie tweeted that he’s not directing the “Edge of Tomorrow” sequel. While he is involved with the film in some capacity, Doug Liman will indeed return as director. The original story continues below.
Tom Cruise is gearing up to “live, die, repeat” once again, as the sequel to his 2014 sci-fi action film “Edge of Tomorrow” has found its screenwriters.
Deadline reports collaborators Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (“Race,” “The Gray Man”) will write the follow-up, with Doug Liman returning to direct.
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. Emily Blunt co-starred as a Special Forces operative who teams with him to find a way to defeat the aliens.
Although Blunt’s character died in “Edge of Tomorrow,” Cruise revealed last summer that she’s interested in returning for the sequel.
The film received a lukewarm reception (at best) in the North American box office, where it grossed just $100 million. However, it found an audience overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $370.5 million.
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