Edge of Tomorrow Screenwriter: Sequel “Locked and Loaded”, Possibly Prepped for Funky Title

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In an interview with Collider, Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie had this to say when asked about the possibility of a sequel:

We have the idea for a sequel locked and loaded.

The sequel seems to have been named Live Die Repeat and Repeat, an homage to the post-release tagline that became the film’s title in physical releases.

In response to a twitter query, McQuarrie said this:

https://twitter.com/chrismcquarrie/status/876259021367328768

To fans of the movie, this will be a welcome relief to debates with friends and other watchers about the meaning of the film’s final scene, in which all the time-bending rules seem to have been thrown out the window.

On MTV News’ Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Edge of Tomorrow’s director Doug Liman revealed a few more details about the plot, cast, and stylistic choices for the film. Here are a few choice moments:

I think what people tend to do with sequels is they just make them bigger. And I’m like, no, a sequel should be smaller…so we can do way more focus on Tom’s character and Emily Blunt’s character, and there’s a third character in the sequel that’s gonna for sure steal the movie.

It seems the Cruise-Blunt duo will now be a trio, with an as-of-yet unknown cast member.

I see this as a two-movie franchise; there’s the completion of the story we set up in the first movie and the relationships between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt…It does pick up right where we left off, but it doesn’t keep going forward, because we’d screw with time, because the aliens screwed with time.

So it seems the film plans to expand more on the hint of romance fans tasted between Cage and Vrataski in the first film, but the film overall may not progress in a linear fashion. If it’s as fantastic of a film as the first, Liman’s 2-movie cap may leave some fans forever hungry for more.

It’s mostly not on the battlefield, so there’s a whole new arena of fights we’re going to do using a lot of the technology, but also, because it is a prequel, it’s a lot of the precursor stuff. I’m really interested in the details of that…drama and excitement. And humor. In the sequel, I’m creating an environment where I get to have even more of those details.

While a hefty segment of the first film dealt with Cage and Vrataski fighting through hordes of alien invaders on a field of death, it seems McQuarrie and Liman plan to get creative with the sequel.

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL
A suited cage escapes an explosion on the battlefield
Rita
Vrataski wielding suit and sword
EDGE OF TOMORROW
Cage gets into much more than he ever signed up for
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One of the seemingly endless drone-like aliens of the first film

Edge of Tomorrow has a 3.5/4 from Roger Ebert and a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was lauded for its fantastic visuals, creative plot, unique characters, and remains one of the best action movies that I personally have ever seen. I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping that McQuarrie and Liman can keep the momentum of the first entry and produce a film that wraps up the story with style.

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