Tom Cruise and Director Doug Liman are riding high off a hit weekend for their latest film, American Made. Now it’s time for them to go back to sci fi Groundhog’s Day with Edge of Tomorrow 2. During the press for the film, Collider had a chance to sit down with the director and talk to him about any new updates he may have on the sequel.
“Tom and Emily [Blunt] and I are really excited to go do it. We have a script. We’re just trying to find a time to schedule it, between my schedule and Emily’s and Tom’s. But it’s one of these things where it’s a sequel whose origins come from the best possible place, which is, it’s not a studio saying, ‘Hey, we think we can make some more money. Let’s just stamp out another one.’ This sequel originated with fans of the original film who continually came up to Tom and myself and Emily and told us how much they loved the movie and would we ever consider a sequel. And enough people said that to me and to Tom and to Emily that we finally sat down and said, ‘What would a sequel even look like?’ We ended up with Chris McQuarrie coming up with a great story.”
Unlike a lot of sequels that tars sign back on to for the cash, according to Liman, it looks like everyone coming back for the sequel really wants to be a part of the movie:
“It really comes from the heart. And by the way, I never worked with Tom on one of these giant tent-pole movies, so I don’t … Everything I’ve ever seen him do or worked with him on comes from the heart in the most pure place. I mean, he is always thinking about his fans. He’s always thinking about the audience. He’s not one of these movie stars that thinks he’s an anointed movie star. He genuinely understands that he’s a movie star because people like his movies. And he wants to deliver for those people.”
So, when will Edge of Tomorrow 2 go into production? Sadly, it’s got to get in line after a bunch of other big Tom Cruise’s Top Gun Sequel and Doug Liman’s YA adaptation of Chaos Walking. That means that you are probably looking at production some time in the first part of 2019.